FIRED  UP: A Childers pottery group has had an annual lease increase of 550 per cent.
FIRED UP: A Childers pottery group has had an annual lease increase of 550 per cent.

Potters fire up with new 10-year lease deal

A NON-PROFIT organisation has had its yearly lease fee increased by 550 per cent and organisers are delighted.

For almost a decade, Firehouse Potters, a Childers-based pottery group, has been paying Bundaberg Regional Council $1 a year for the lease at its Churchill St building.

That lease was coming to an end on December 31 and the group sought a renewal for a new 10-year deal.

At a meeting of council last week, councillors voted to adopt a 10-year lease with an increase to $55 a year, in line with other similar leases.

Firehouse Potters president Kay Van Roden said all 23 members had agreed to the possible increase before it was signed off.

"We need the building,” she said.

"It would have been a hassle to move.

"If it had of been an exorbitant increase we would have said no because we are a non-profit organisation.”

The pottery group has been a Childers mainstay for about 35 years.

Ms Van Roden this new lease agreement gave the group certainty over its future and thanked the council for its help.

The group's home at the old fire shed will be given a makeover next year with a coat of fresh paint.

Firehouse Potters welcomes new members at 89A Churchill St, Childers.



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