Following the withdrawal by Forestry Tasmania from the Geeveston Town Hall (the Town Hall) and closure of the Forest and Heritage Centre in 2015 the Council established the Geeveston Town Hall Company Limited (GTH Co) as a Corporation limited by Guarantee to operate the Town Hall.
In 2019 the Council determined to undertake a review of GTH Co and undertook community engagement in 2020.
The outcome of the engagement identified the following key matters
a. The 2015 Town Hall Vision remains relevant in 2020.
b. Management of the Town Hall by a community led organisation with skill-based volunteers is preferred, ensuring any arrangement between Council and the organisation includes long term tenure.
c. The Town Hall should generate sufficient revenue to manage the expenses of the operations.
As a result the Council resolved its intention to wind up GTH Co and to establish the Geeveston Town Hall Controlling Authority in accordance with section 29 of the Local Government Act 1993.
The Controlling Authority has the same functions as GTH Co (see clause 4 of the Rules below). The functions include to operate the Town Hall for any one or more of the following activities:
a. Visitor Centre or retail space
c. Galley and exhibition space
d. Café and/or restaurant
e. Events space.
The Authority is to be run by a Board of Directors (without any Council representative, Council Officer or Councillor members).
The Board is made up of community members with a mix and balance of skills, knowledge and experience required for it to fulfil its functions.
To ensure consistency and transition from GTH Co to the Authority the Council has appointed the current Directors of GTH Co as the first Directors of the Authority. The first Directors will be responsible for overseeing appointment of the vacant Director positions to the Board.
Once the Directors are appointed a date will be provided for the Authority to take over the management of the Hall from GTH Co expected later in 2021.