Port Lincoln Baptist Church building open for lease

Port Lincoln City Council has opened up the Port Lincoln Baptist Church building to expressions of interest to ensure its ongoing future.

Since late December the council has asked for expressions of interest on the property at 12 Adelaide Place, which includes the church and hall building, toilet facilities and surrounds including lawns, gardens and car park.

The council purchased the church from the Port Lincoln Baptist Church in April 2014.

The council’s business manager of infrastructure and regulatory services Jade Scott said since the purchase the entire site, including the manse and storage sheds were leased back to the Baptist Church community until it was no longer required.

The lease was terminated on October 22.

“At the conclusion of any lease on council owned property, council has the opportunity to call for interested parties to submit in a competitive manner to lease the vacant property,” she said.

“Council determined that a financial return on investment via tenancy for the Baptist Church would be prudent to assist with its ongoing maintenance and presentation.”

Mrs Scott said the building structure was secure but had some salt damp damage on the main church walls which was typical with buildings of this age.

The council will determine a new tenancy for the property soon after the conclusion of the expression of interest on January 14.

Mrs Scott said the future of the building formed part of a wider strategic property review along with other council owned buildings.

“Future strategic decisions of council with regard to the site will be subject to community consultation,” she said.

More information on the expression of interest can be found online on the Port Lincoln City Council website.