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A community group is to take over the running of the Bunker Cartoon Gallery after Council agreed to their proposal.

 

The Bunker Cartoon Gallery Inc (BCGI) is expected to take over the running of the facility from July 1 2015 with a two-year licence agreement, plus the negotiable option of extending it by a further year. Council is to pay BCGI an operating subsidy of $86,000 for the first year and $80,000 in the second year. There is a further option of a $75,000 subsidy for the third year under the licence agreement. 

 

It is estimated that Council will save around $31,000 in operating and support costs over three years through this arrangement.

 

“As part of the agreement, ownership of the cartoon collection will be transferred back to the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City, which built up the original collection through its annual Cartoon Awards,” said Sian Nivison, Council’s Group Leader Community and Cultural Services. “Through our discussions with BCGI, we’ve ensured that the Bunker will remain available for hire as a venue during core hours for activities and exhibitions that are complementary to cartooning.  Outside core business hours the venue can be hired for a broad spectrum of community and cultural uses."

 

Ms Nivison added that Council had heard concerns about the loss of space for workshops or community art exhibitions under the new arrangement.  An audit undertaken concluded that there were other venues that could fulfil that role in the local government area. Council will continue to discuss and plan with interested parties the needs to enhance arts and culture infrastructure as part the wider Cultural Facilities planning. Anyone interested is encouraged to contact Council.

 

Under the proposed licence agreement, it is intended that BCGI will be responsible for all day-to-day operational business costs. Council will remain responsible for major repairs, building insurance and structural maintenance. Council will also continue the marketing support already provided in line with other support given to tourism operators in the region.

 

The licence will be monitored through quarterly performance measures that reflect financial and service levels.

 

The Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour City owned and managed the Bunker Cartoon Gallery from 1996 to 2006 before gifting the cartoon collection and the operation of the dedication of the cartoon gallery to Council.