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Hammer falls on the Italian Forum

After more than a year of uncertainty and bitter disputes the Italian Forum on Norton Street has been sold to the Italian cultural organisation Co. As. It. The contracts were exchanged on Friday (November 28) and the organisation paid $2.8 million for the site. The Italian population in Leichhardt has drastically reduced and the Forum […]

Co.As.It becomes highest bidder in Forum deadlock

Italian community centre Co.As.It has raised its bid for the purchase of the Italian Forum Cultural Centre. In an attempt to end a year-long deadlock between Leichhardt Council and the centre’s administrators SV Partners, Co.As.It announced they would raise their bid to $2.8 million, making them the highest bidder. Since the Cultural Centre went into […]

New bid to shake up Italian Forum sale

The controversial sale of the Italian Forum Cultural Centre may not go ahead after all, according to the centre’s administrators SV Partners. When previous owners Italian Forum Limited (IFL) went into voluntary receivership in late 2013, SV Partners was appointed to take over administration of the property. SV Partners has been in conflict with Leichhardt […]

Tension over sale of Italian Forum Cultural Centre rises

The Italian Forum’s Business Management Committee (BMC) has begun a public campaign to put pressure on Leichhardt Council to stop its fight for the sale of the Italian Forum Cultural Centre to local Italian language and community services facility, Co.As.It. Sol Michael, a strata representative to the Business Management Committee and owner of a fashion […]

Italian Forum Cultural Centre sale hits legal roadblock

Administrators SV Partners have secured an injunction against Leichhardt Council in a bid to prevent the sale of the Italian Forum Cultural Centre to Italian non-profit Co.As.It. Documents obtained by the Inner West Independent show SV Partners on behalf of Italian Forum Ltd successfully obtained the restraining orders from the Supreme Court of New South […]

Battle to salvage Cultural Centre deal

EXCLUSIVE Leichhardt Council is fighting to save a deal that would see the Italian Forum Cultural Centre sold to Italian community group Co. As. It. and the facility permanently leased to the Actors Centre Australia. A council media release in January claiming “a future has been secured” for the insolvent cultural centre now appears to […]

Doubts linger after Italian Forum sale

EXCLUSIVE The future of the Italian Forum Cultural Centre has been plunged back into uncertainty after the leading bid collapsed and Leichhardt Council approved a sale to Italian cultural organisation Co. As. It. Council intends for Co. As. It. to share the facility with the Actors Centre Australia, which has already moved into the building […]