Expressions of Interest open for operation of Athol Hall

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from the public for the lease of the historic Athol Hall in Mosman.

Sydney skyline, Harbour Bridge viewed from Athol Hall, Bradleys Head, Sydney Harbour National Park

Athol Hall is located in Ashton Park, Mosman in the Sydney Harbour National Park and provides spectacular views of the city skyline, harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

NPWS Park Assets Branch Director Stuart Schramm said the EOI was an excellent opportunity for a business to take advantage of the building's great location to run a variety of business options.

"Athol Hall has been successfully operating as a function centre for more than 20 years and the current lease is due to expire in early 2017," Mr Schramm said.

"NPWS is seeking Expressions of Interest for the operation of new visitor facilities, such as a restaurant, café or function centre.

"Athol Hall is one of the great harbourside historic venues with access to grassy lawns, a historic hall and nearby parking.

"I encourage exceptional operators to take advantage of the EOI and make a submission so this fantastic venue can continue to provide recreational services for the city and community."

Athol Hall has been the venue of choice for many events over the years including private weddings and functions as well as a New Year's Eve event on the lawn managed by NPWS.

Athol Dance Hall, gardens and wharf remain listed as locally significant heritage items under the Mosman Local Environment Plan.

The building was part of the Ashton Gardens pleasure grounds and gardens. It was erected in 1908 and incorporates part of the earlier Ashton Gardens Family Hotel from the late nineteenth century.

It became part of Sydney Harbour National Park in 1975.

For information on the EOI and how to apply please go to the Office of Environment and Heritage eTendering Website

The Expression of Interest will be released 24 May and will close 5 July 2016.

Contact: Sam Bartlett