Earlier this week the Coffs Coast Outlook published a story pertaining to questions Councillor Keith Rhoades raised as a matter of urgency at the last Coffs Harbour Council (CHCC) meeting on 26 September.
That story can be found here: https://coffscoastoutlook.com.au/what-is-the-true-cost-of-the-museum-sale/
Evidence obtained recently shows Cr Rhoades has now received an answer to his questions from the CHCC.
The questions and answers to them are published in order below;
Q: “Is it true Museum staff and volunteers have been instructed to have some 4,000 items wrapped and moved by 1 December this year?”
A: “It is planned to relocate the Museum collection from the Gordon Street facility by 1 December 2019 in accordance with the Cultural & Civic Space project timetable. As the planned permanent offsite storage facility is yet to be constructed, the collection will be moved to a temporary facility in the interim.’
Q: “Does Council have premises with controlled temperatures to store these items?”
A: “The current facility used for storing the Museum collection is the Old Salvation Army building on Gordon Street……….. A suitable commercial space has been identified that meets our requirements and exceeds the environmental control attributes of the current facility in Gordon Street, this includes an area allowing for more sensitive parts of the collection to be cared for with the greater environmental controls. It also allows for suitable work areas, also exceeding the current facility, to carry out collection management and digitisation activities……… The Museum collection to be relocated consists of an estimated 9,500 objects.’
Q: “Can Council confirm that the current Museum site in Harbour Drive cost approximately $800,000 and has additionally had a refit of approximately $900,000 giving a total asset value/cost to Council of around $1.7M? Is it true market indications are that Council may only get a sale price of approximately $700,000?’
A: “The purchase price of the Museum at 215 Harbour Drive was $812,674 in the 2011 financial year. The total refurbishment costs over multiple financial years, with the majority of these undertaken in the 2014 financial year, was $766,068.”
Editors note: Outlook notes that the combined purchase and refurbishment costs of the current Regional Museum at 215 Harbour Drive are $1,578,742.
We also note that no answer seems to have been given to Cr Rhoades question; ” Is it true market indications are that Council may only get a sale price of approximately $700,000?”
However if a sale price of $700,000 is realised as Cr Rhoades has suggested that would mean a potential loss of $878,742. This figure does not include removal costs and any expenditure that might be required to amend a new storage facility.