The Roxy is to have an advisory board which will be made up of four community representatives and the Shire’s Mayor, or his nominee. The advertisement for expressions of interest in board membership is in this week’s paper.
In a confidential discussion, Council decided at its meeting held last week in Warialda, to establish the advisory board.
Consultant, Albert Stafford, who has been assisting Council with the drafting of the Management Plan for the Roxy, has recommended that an independent panel be appointed to select the best applicants for the board. Council has not, however made a decision on this.
The Management Plan, which according to General Manager, Max Eastcott, has been submitted to Council, “will be kept under wraps because of the commercial ramifications for prospective lessees.”
Mr Eastcott told the Advocate that Council is hopeful that an expanded range of future functions at the Roxy will hold greater appeal than they have in the past. Mr Eastcott also said Council felt that to meet its objective of minimising the cost to Council and ratepayers of the Roxy, increasing the range of activities staged there should make it more profitable.
It is anticipated that the board will be in place by the time expressions of interest to lease the Roxy restaurant are being received.
The advertisements are scheduled to appear in late September.
One of the requirements for lessees will be a commitment to open the restaurant when a function is on at the Roxy.