Sedgers Reef Hotel at Iluka set for upgrade
By SALLY GORDON
A FACELIFT for Iluka's landmark hotel, Sedgers Reef, could be on the cards.
The owners of the hotel, McGeary Bros, have applied to the Clarence Valley Council to close a part of the Queen Street road reserve in front of the hotel and the vacant adjoining lot.
The hotel proprietors want council to sell the 1891-square-metre parcel of land to them for $750,000.
The proposal will be outlined at council's policy and general committee meeting tomorrow.
On Friday, council staff met with 14 Iluka residents to discuss the proposal.
Director of corporate service Ross Bryant said that council may lease the land to McGeary Bros rather than sell.
An officer's report to council suggests leasing the land for a term between 20 and 50 years.
Council may also apply to the Department of Lands for closure of the reserve section.
Mr Bryant said if council decided to lease the land it would ensure the retention of the area in public ownership.
Council received 23 submissions on the McGeary Bros proposal. The majority of submissions were generally supportive of the closure and sale of the road reserve.
Seven submissions opposed the sale of the waterfront land.
A number of residents spoke at Friday's on-site meeting, including Daryl Mercer, who said council's lease proposal gave everyone a fair deal.
"I thought it was a good compromise; it met everything," he said.
"It was able to keep the money in the community which is important, where as a sale is a one-off thing."
President of the Association of Iluka Residents (AIR) Kay Jeffery had a different perspective.
"We totally oppose the leasing or selling of public land, particularly land that adjoins the waterways," she said.
"No matter who to or what for, we believe there is a shortage of that type of land and that it should be protected."