Arts hub future for Willow Court

AN arts and culture hub will be established at New Norfolk’s Willow Court under a proposal given in-principle support at last night’s monthly meeting of the Derwent Valley Council. In one of five agenda items dealing directly with the former convict hospital site, the council agreed to enter negotiations to allow the Salamanca Arts Centre to manage two key buildings in the council-owned section of the property.

Meeting in the New Norfolk Courthouse last night, the council also agreed to lease three other buildings on the site to the New Norfolk Distillery and authorised the general manager, mayor and two councillors to enter negotiations on a suitable rental price.

In two items proposed by the Friends of Willow Court, the council approved that group’s calendar of events for 2019-20, but declined to proceed with its Expression of Interest in the site. Councillors instead encouraged the Friends to work with the Salamanca Arts Centre, noting the similarities between their propositions.
Councillor Anne Salt’s proposal to reduce the price of entry for school groups visiting Willow Court was approved, although Cr Martyn Evans pointed out that Cr Salt’s assertion that it had been cheaper for schoolchildren to visit the local swimming pool was incorrect as hourly rates applied at the pool.

The agenda documents for the open section of the meeting can be viewed at the council chambers in New Norfolk or on the council website.


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