A PUBLIC briefing will be held to outline the future of the former Katherine Sports and Recreation Club tomorrow night.
Many people believe the two hectare Giles Street site will be snapped up by a developer to build a hotel, or some tourist venture.
The NT Government has launched its promised Expressions of Interest from “commercial developers, community organisations and any other entities” interested in redeveloping the site.
A community briefing will be held tomorrow night at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre at 6pm to outline the process.
The registration period is now open for the redevelopment of the former club site, located on a choice two hectares opposite the Katherine River.
An industry briefing will be held on Tuesday, May 16 also at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre at 6pm.
Supporters of the former club wanted the NT government to still consider saving the clubhouse and sporting grounds.
The club closed down more than a year ago year after becoming insolvent.
In the launch of its development documents, the government said: “The site presents an opportunity for development for a range of uses.”
Besides the apparently shoddy condition of the building itself, there are problems with the land zoning for the site which would need to be changed.
Pre-election, Katherine MP Sandra Nelson promised $250,000 from the NT government to develop an all-purpose community centre in Katherine.
She had hoped it would be the sports club.
“It would have cost more to fix it than we had and then we found out about the zoning problems,” she said.
“We could use the money for a lease, I am not sure yet but I don’t think it will be that difficult to find something else.”
The club’s board closed the doors of the club blaming poor governance and a decline in patronage.