Sanctuary Point Men’s Shed, pay the rent: council

FOR THE COMMUNITY: Sanctuary Point Men's Shed members John Kelly and Ray Marcusson in 2016. Picture: Damian McGill
FOR THE COMMUNITY: Sanctuary Point Men's Shed members John Kelly and Ray Marcusson in 2016. Picture: Damian McGill

A community group that appealed to Shoalhaven City Council for a rent reduction is likely to lose its appeal. 

Sanctuary Point Men’s Shed was among a wave of community groups to ask council for a heavy discount on rent.

Instead of paying the requested $1 per year, it is likely the Men’s Shed will pay council's standard fee of $475.

 “These matters come up all the time where we're pushing it down to a dollar,” Councillor Patricia White said at a council meeting in Nowra on Wednesday.

“It's not a lot of rent to pay.

“They’re at all the markets, they are selling products off at shows, if they want a dollar a year rent, they need to send their financials to us first.”

Councillors deferred the matter to next month’s meeting, in order to gain a proper understanding of whether or not the group can afford the rent as is.

Councillor Mitchell Pakes spoke on behalf of Sanctuary Point Men’s Shed.

“We've already set the precedent,” he said.

“We were successful in granting the dollar a year rent to Greenwell Point Men's Shed

“They’ve just asked for same support.”

Councillor Joanna Gash said council never should have waived rental fees in the first place.

Details

Recommendation

That

1. Council reduce the amount the Sanctuary Point men’s shed are paying on their licence for the remainder of the licence term

2. Council reduce the amount to $1 p.a (peppercorn rent)

3. This includes the current year 2017

For: Pakes, Mark Kitchener

Against: John Levett, Annette Alldrick, Nina Cheyne, Kaye Gartner, Patricia White, Joanna Gash, Amanda Findley