The South Burnett Regional Council is calling for tenders to take over the day-to-day operation of Ringsfield House in Nanango (Photo: clivelowephotography.com.au)

August 15, 2017

The South Burnett Regional Council is calling for tenders to take over the running of Nanango’s Ringsfield House.

The historic property closed on March 31 when the Nanango Historical Society stepped down from its 22 year association with the complex.

The Society said an ageing membership and an inability to find enough volunteers to carry out routine maintenance was the reason it had to hand back Ringsfield’s day-to-day management to the Council, which owns the land and buildings.

The Council initially hoped to have Ringsfield reopened within months, and called for expressions of interest (EOIs) to manage the complex on May 19.

However, while the Council received three oral expressions of interest, no formal written submissions were received when EOIs closed on June 30.

On Tuesday South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell said during the past six weeks the Council had received feedback there were people genuinely interested in running the complex.

Because of this, the Council issued a tender last week.

The tender is open to both private businesses and not-for-profit groups, and will close at 3:00pm on Wednesday, August 30.

Tender documents can be obtained from the Council’s website.

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