Mount Isa City Council has resolved to support the Island BMX Club lease in the Leichhardt River for another three years.
Council has agreed to offer the Island BMX Club a trustee lease agreement over an encroached portion of their Lot on the Leichhardt Riverbed and will also allocate a budget to engage a Native Title specialist to undertake negotiations for an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with all costs be absorbed by Council.
The Island BMX Club situated in the Leichhardt River via Fourth Avenue holds a term lease with the state which is due to expire from its current 30 year tenure on in March 2022. The Club has held tenure over the site since 1982 by purchasing the remaining term of an existing term lease.
However the BMX Club has encroached onto adjoining Leichhardt River Reserve requiring the IULA.
Proposing the motion Cr George Fortune said it would help the club get on their feet.
"The Island BMX Club has been affected like all sporting organisations around Mount Isa by COVID and the current financial state of the club plus the turnover of executive membership means they are not in a position to pay the fees for the lease," Cr Fortune said.
"Council is in a position to assist for the BMX Club to maintain a presence in the city."
Cr Fortune said longer term he would like to see the Club move out of that part of the Riverbed but that was dependent on their executive's ability to attract further funding.
Cr Barwick said the BMX Club had a presence in Mount Isa for a long time and were a "flourishing club" that deserved Council support though he queried where Council had previously absorbed native title costs in previous cases.
Cr Fortune said it was a first and future cases would need to be decided on a case by case basis.
The motion was carried unanimously.
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