In the heart of the city, Narooma’s iconic flagship building sits quietly, awaiting its new tenants.
Many were heartbroken to learn of the council’s decision to close the visitor center, which occupied the building the community constructed around 1979-1980.
Council closed the extended expression of interest period for tenants on Monday, May 31, and would consider all submissions.
Promising news is reaching the community as the council says potential tenants should continue to operate the existing lighthouse museum and provide information to visitors in partnership with Eurobodalla Tourism.
Laurelle Pacey of the Narooma Historical Society said the museum’s top 10 objects, including the light, were on loan to the board by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
She said the most valuable item was the original light from the Montague Lighthouse, valued in the 1980s at $ 2 million. Ms Pacey said it was important to maintain the integrity of the museum.
“Heritage and cultural tourism are the two most dynamic tourism desires,” she said.
Council property manager Andrew Greenway said the potential uses of the space must be compatible with the purpose of the public reserve.
He said there were options to have a cafe, a tourist kiosk, community health and wellness services, rental of recreational equipment, like electric bikes or kayaks, or cultural attractions, to name a few.
“This lease is a great opportunity for existing or new businesses to occupy a unique building in the heart of the Narooma recreation area,” said Mr. Greenway.
“It is less than 250 meters from the water’s edge, surrounded by a public reserve, includes a highway frontage and has plenty of parking lots.”
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