Gosford Bowling Club, classified as community land, is to go through a process to change it to operational land, opening the way for council to sell it.
At a media briefing on August 17, the CEO David Farmer made it clear the council believes the land could be better utilised.
And council doesn’t want to own the land long term.
The council will engage with the bowling club for another lease on the land when it becomes due in December 2024 but the lease will likely be the last one and will be transitional.
The club won’t be forced to leave until the land is needed for a “better or higher use”, currently on the waterfront revitalisation masterplan as a high rise hotel.
That could be years away but Council confirmed that remains the current long term plan.
The transitional arrangements were unlikely to include council providing other land for the club, planning director Alice Howe said.
The decision on whether to go ahead with the re-classification process will be made by the administrator on August 22.
The report to the administrator says reclassifying 18 Dane Drive, the club’s official address, would “support the Gosford waterfront and stadium revitalisation initiative by providing increased flexibility for potential future uses”.
The report lists another 10 sites to be changed to operational to allow for either sale or lease.