After being demolished in May, Cowra Council is appealing to the state government to pay the $16,264 tip bill for the rubble of the old grandstand. File photo.Cowra Council will appeal to the state government to pay the $16,264 tip bill for rubble from the demolished old grandstand at the Cowra Showground.
The bill had gone to the Council after the Cowra Showground and Paceway Trust appealed for help and a donation towards the costs from the demolished structure.
Council had initially advised it would consider the amount of the rubbish costs invoice as a donation request from the Cowra Showground Trust.
While no estimate was known at the time of demolition, the Trust had initially advised that the bricks and concrete would be delivered to a contractor for crushing.
However, that cost saving didn’t eventuate with the contractor unable to take the material as it was contaminated with metal and timber.
Instead all materials went to the Materials Recycling facility, adding up to a substantial cost in excess of $16,000.
However, Cr Bruce Miller reminded Council at its meeting last week the facility and land is owned by the State Government.
“It’s now appropriate that they are aware of the cost. It’s their responsibility, they own the facility and they should pay the cost.” Cr Miller said.
Cr Judi Smith – and also the Council’s representative on the Trust – reminded the meeting the Trust has paid considerable funds of their own in materials to restore the original grandstand and that it would be very difficult to for the Trust to pay the landfill cost.
Cowra Council is now writing to the Minister for Lands, with a copy going to Member for Burrinjuck Katrina Hodgkinson, appealing to it to meet the cost of improving the NSW-government owned facility.
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