MOIRA Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) to lease and develop a community hub and visitor information point within the old Numurkah Shire offices on Melville Street.
Moira Shire General Manager Community Sally Rice said the EOI process was an opportunity to further explore the community and business ideas that had been proposed during the development of council’s Visitor Services Strategy in 2017.
“This is a unique opportunity for a community, not for profit or commercial organisation to develop an exciting community hub and visitor information point in the heart of Numurkah’s retail area,” Ms Rice said.
“This facility was built to serve the needs of the Numurkah Shire. Through this EOI process we hope to reactivate the underutilised areas to better service the modern-day needs and interests of the Numurkah community.”
The successful applicant’s community hub concept must include a visitor information point and may include gallery, exhibition or art spaces, a café or eatery, as well as other community services and volunteer opportunities.
The lease area includes the foyer, toilets, kitchen and storage and the president’s and council chamber meeting rooms, with the applicant responsible for management, operation, maintenance and development of the facility.
“The EOI process allows anyone to put a proposal together for consideration by council. There’s no guarantee we will receive an acceptable proposal and if a lease doesn’t go ahead, the facility will continue to be managed by council.
“Importantly, while this process is under way, there are no changes to the operation of the facility,” Ms Rice said.
The Numurkah Community and Visitor Hub Expression of Interest invitation pack provides further information including how to prepare and submit an expression of interest via the e-tender portal at tenders/e-tendering portal link on Council’s website www.moira.vic.gov.au/Our-Council/Tenders.
All responses must be uploaded electronically on the e-tender portal by 5pm, Friday, October 11, 2019.