1 August 2022
National Centre for Indigenous Excellence Limited
The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) took ownership of the 180 George Street Redfern from the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC) on 30 June 2022. The ILSC bought the property in 2006 and has delivered services from it through its subsidiary the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence Limited (NCIE Ltd).
The focus for NSWALC has been on the acquisition and improvement of the property, so that it can reach its full potential in delivering more for the Community.
NSWALC has recently worked intensively with the ILSC on the potential transfer of NCIE Ltd and its operation of the fitness and aquatics centre on the site. Unfortunately following detailed due diligence and negotiations with the ILSC, that has not been possible.
In a joint statement the ILSC and NSWALC said “Our organisations have worked together in good faith to try and secure the future of NCIE. Unfortunately, we have not been able to reach agreement on terms for ongoing support of the organisation and as a result it will close. We are disappointed by the outcome.”
NSWALC’s Chairperson Danny Chapman stated “We will be opening a process to secure a suitable third-party to manage the fitness and aquatic centre on the site. The process will be open to both community and industry to apply.
The improvement of the property itself is a significant undertaking, and NSWALC will be focusing our efforts on the future of the site. Our goal is a site of high standard that positively reflects the aspirations and goals of Aboriginal communities across the state by delivering tangible outcomes,” he said.
NSWALC remains committed to driving community benefits and outcomes from the 180 George Street property. In the interim, NSWALC will be working to provide community organisations with safe access to the centre.