'Exhausted jubilation' is the feeling following the lobby group’s win at Gold Coast City Council yesterday, finally getting approval for a not-for-profit organisation to operate the Tipplers Tavern on South Stradbroke Island after councillors voted to halt its demolition.
'We thought it wasn’t going to get through, then after four hours’ debate, we got the go ahead,' said a very relieved Keith Douglas of the Marine Action Group, who has led the movement to preserve the Resort at the site and ensure it remains in public use.
Mayor Ron Clarke said that Council had decided to give ‘in principle’ support for the restoration and redevelopment of the tavern building - preferably by a not for profit community-based group.
However, this would only occur if, among other things, Council’s financial commitment was not increased and issues including licensing, tendering, management and procurement of the facility were further clarified and considered.
'We have asked that the CEO bring forward a report to progress this matter prior to 24 June, 2011,' said Cr Clarke. 'Obviously, with the change to the current demolition contract and schedule of works, we will want to know from him what are the resultant risks to timelines on construction work currently underway on site, and any financial requirements.