Council defers decision on Australasia’s future

The Hotel Australasia’ future remains unknown after Bega Valley Shire Council deferred the matter at yesterday’s extraordinary council meeting for further assessment of the economic impacts a third supermarket would have on Eden’s struggling economy.

The motion for deferral was put by Cr Russell Fitzpatrick.

“I have some serious concerns about the economic study. I want to see development in Eden, I want to see development on this site. But for once I agree with Councillor Keith Hughes on heritage matters, and historic aspects should be retained,” he said.

Cr Fitzpatrick’s motion to defer a decision pending further economic impacts was moved by him with Cr Liz Seckold seconding the motion.

The motion was passed unanimously.

Cr McBain was absent and Cr Tapscott absented herself from chambers citing pecuniary interest in nearby premises.

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