Council gives old school to Nimbin's community
The council agreed to transfer the deed of agreement, placing the centre in the hands of the community.
After 10 years of work and fundraising to buy the site for $400,000, the centre had expected the site to be officially handed over on July 1.
The council will retain the mortgage to protect its investment in the facility.
The centre's secretary, Diana Roberts, said the group had negotiated an outcome it was happy with.
“This gives us the title to the community centre, which we wanted, and it gives us a year to sort out what we will do with Peace Park and the skate park.
“We've done a lot of work behind the scenes and we gave quite a bit to purchase the centre. This is a good outcome for the community.”
Ms Roberts said restrictions imposed on the use of the community centre could now be relaxed to help the centre raise more funds for the site.
“We'll probably use the centre pretty much as it is, but it gives us the opportunity to use it to raise more money to further develop the site,” she said.
“We'd particularly like to develop the market facilities, and the centre also has street frontage so we might be able to optimise use of that more effectively. It is exciting.”
Ownership of Peace Park, which was originally part of the deal, will be deferred for a year.
Almost one-hectare in size, Peace Park contains a children's playground and skate park, which remains closed due to noise complaints.
In the interim, the centre will be responsible for carrying out maintenance in the park, which will be funded by the council.
“The skate park is more of an issue as we are not sure if EPA requirements in relation to noise can be met,” she said.
“I am confident they can if we can raise money for noise mitigation works, but it would cost more than $100,000 to complete and would need a lot of community effort.”