Grace Heart Church to remain at Lyle Anderson Reserve

24 February 2016

The Grace Heart Community Church will continue to operate from Council owned Highett Guide Hall at Lyle Anderson Reserve with Bayside City Council moving to officially offer the Church a lease for the site.

Bayside City Council Mayor Cr James Long BM JP said that the outcome is a sensible decision but acknowledged that the unsual lead up to the issue had caused some uncertainty.

“The Grace Heart Community Church has occupied the former Guide Hall in contravention with the lease for the site which required Council’s agreement for any such arrangement,” Cr Long said.

“As a landlord, Council takes its responsibilities to its tenants and our community very seriously and as a result from time to time must examine cases where there has been a breach.

“In moving to offer the Church a tenancy for the property Council has heeded the Church’s request to maintain a facility in close proximity to the community with which it works”.

The Grace Heart Community Church offer meals services, counselling and support to members of the Highett community who are in need.

Council has agreed to overlook the terms of the original lease that would require Girl Guides Victoria to provide vacant possession of the Hall at the termination of the lease.

This requirement would have resulted in Grace Heart Community Church being forced to vacate the Hall before any further lease arrangements could be made.

Council has agreed to continue to offer the rent of the land with the responsibility for maintenance of the building falling to the tenant, Grace Heart Community Church.

Maintainance costs includes those associated with replacing areas around the fuse box which were identified as containing asbestos as part of a building survey undertaken by Council.

Page last updated: 24 Feb 2016