Following on from the story by Prime& News, republished here yesterday, the Coffs Harbour city Council released a statement yesterday afternoon about this issue. That statement is reproduced in full below.
See the original story here; https://coffscoastoutlook.com.au/coffs-harbour-city-council-forces-iconic-entertainment-venue-to-close-prime-news/
“Since the liquidation of the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club Ltd, Council has wished to advance the long term development of the site.
However, this long term development is dependent on the master planning of the broader Jetty Foreshores Precinct being undertaken by the NSW State Government.
In 2018, following an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for short term tenure of the former Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club site, Council resolved at its meeting on 28 June 2018 to negotiate and enter into a maximum of three, one year, fixed term tenures with RED Community and Regional Architects Pty Ltd.
Red-C were aware that any future tenures would be subject to an open EOI process at the conclusion of their third one year term. The third one year licence expires this month but Red-C were offered a further two month extension, while the EOI assessment was completed, with the rent to be waived if the public health orders prohibited re-opening.
Red-C have rejected this offer from Council and withdrawn their EOI.
The EOI process is well underway, submissions have closed and a number of quality EOIs are currently being assessed.”
Lead photo; ABC Coffs Coast