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Golf clubhouse arts push

Community intervention

has seen Northern Beaches

Council include the Avalon Golf

Clubhouse as one of two venue

options for the new Creative

Space – North, a dedicated

exhibition and studio space for

artists.

Having narrowed its focus

to the Avalon Annexe, Council

staff were preparing to recommend

the Dunbar Park location

to councillors for public exhibition

before a submission from

local arts advocate Ros Marsh.

Now both the Annexe and

the Clubhouse are being publicly

exhibited, with comments

due to close on November 11.

Ms Marsh told Pittwater Life

the Avalon Beach Arts and

Cultural Precinct Group had

looked at the possibility of

tendering for vacant spaces at

the Golf Club in 2014 as a community

art/cultural venue but

were unable to meet lease costs.

“The tendered areas still remain

largely unused,” she said.

“We always believed this was

a great community asset with

fabulous potential.”

She added the Avalon Preservation

Association supported

the location, providing the concept

was sensitive to existing

users (golfers) and the building.

Local artist and Frenchs Forest

Ward Councillor Penny Philpott

was also in favour.

“We understand the golf

course management lease is up

for renewal in 2019; we would

hope that Council’s intention

is to continue the function of

the golf course,” Ms Marsh said.

“We see the establishment of

the Creative Space as cementing

the longevity of the golf

course and its profitability.”

She said there were many

reasons why the golf club was a

preferable venue.

“Apart from location, the

existing building and club have

all requisite infrastructure

operating – parking, disabled

parking, disabled and other toilets,

and showers, a commercial

kitchen, café, scenic view and

ambiance,” she said.

“It also has 90 square metres

of potential maker spaces and

additional store rooms, a relaxing

lounge area of around 40

square metres, plus 60 square

metres of scenic dining space

that could have uses as venue

or exhibition space.”

She added that green space

adjacent to the north could

allow most of Council’s $1-2m

budget to go to a new twostorey

space.

“We don’t follow the logic

in the concept plans Council

has produced (see Your Say on

Council’s website),” she added.

“We have suggested to Council

that we have a lot of local

expert architects, engineers,

builders, curators, creatives

who may be happy to volunteer

for a working group to get the

best value outcome.

“In fact, we have sought the

advice of a prominent Northern

Beaches architect and his view

is to maintain the integrity of

the existing Clubhouse upper

level (pictured),” Ms Marsh said.

“It would be a simple structure

with some accents of the

18 NOVEMBER 2018

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