Hotel Australasia's fate back in court

The Hotel Australasia case will be back before the Land and Environment Court next week, with a section 34 conference slated for Thursday, July 10.

The conference is a conciliation-type hearing conducted by a commissioner of the court, with representatives from Great Southern Developments and Bega Valley Shire Council present.

Members of the public are not permitted to attend.

The matter was first mentioned in court in late April, after Great Southern Developments director Rodney Thompson made an application following Bega Valley Shire Council’s decision to heritage list the 110-year-old building.

Mr Thompson has long held plans to demolish the hotel, which has been closed for four years, and build a third supermarket for Eden on the site.

The Hotel Australasia is considered a landmark building in Eden’s main shopping precinct of Imlay Street.

It was opened in 1906 and still retains heritage features from its prime, which local groups are working to preserve.

The need for a third supermarket in the Eden township of just over 3000 people has been hotly debated.

While debates as to the heritage value of the hotel also continue, there is no denying that the Australasia is deeply rooted in Eden’s psyche and history.