Uniting Church's decision not to renew its lease of heritage listed Point Lowly lighthouse cottages will see it regress to Whyalla City Council.
The lease will cease at the end of this year and has been operated by Uniting Church for numerous years to provide low-cost camping, holiday and recreation facilities for groups, families and disadvantaged.
During this time, the church and local volunteers have been responsible for maintenance and capital works required at the site.
Whyalla City Council will now investigate between now and September 2014, the interim operation of the cottages, including an assessment of the buildings' condition, restoration needs, costs, resource and operating requirements.
As an outcome of recent strategic and operational reviews of the Visitor Information Centre and Mount Laura Homestead Museum, Whyalla City Council will continue to investigate options to incorporate the cottages into a single business unit for visitation, tourism, education and cultural services, and potential outsourcing.