Sans Souci Bathers Pavilion to be restored

Restoration works of the heritage-listed Sans Souci Bathers Pavilion will be carried out by Georges River Council prior to leasing it to a private operator.

The council is expected to open tenders for a private contractor to carry out the restoration works of the vintage 1933 art deco-style pavilion at 4 Water Street, Sans Souci.

The restoration work will be funded from the council’s commercial property reserve.

On completion of the restoration works, the council will call for expressions of interest to lease the pavilion for a term of 21 years.

The unanimous decision was made at the December 18 meeting of Georges River Council.

The council noted that the Planning Minister had not granted consent for a proposed lease of the pavilion proposed in 2015.

The former Kogarah Council first called for tenders for redevelopment of the heritage-listed pavilion in 2004.

In 2011, Blakehurst Marina Pty Ltd applied to redevelop the bathers pavilion into a 120-seat family restaurant at a cost of $660,000.

The original DA was modified to remove the proposal for an outdoor eating area and kiosk.

Residents said the building was dilapidated and an eyesore which should either be restored or demolished.

But inspections found while there was concrete cancer and expose steel the building was structurally sound and could be retained.

Others said it should be retained for community use and not leased to a private operator.

The St George Spearfishing Club said the building could be used for a regional maritime museum.

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