Council will lease community owned assets
MANSFIELD Shire Council has moved to lease community owned assets on Lakins Road and Highett Street.
Council will be advertising for expressions of interest for both pieces of land in the near future.
At Lakins Road, council is seeking expressions of interest for the livestock agistment of 141 Lakins Road.
The Lakins Road land is a 14.5 hectare parcel of freehold industrial zoned land.
This parcel of land is part of a larger allotment that also houses council’s works depot.
Council intends to subdivide the 14.5 hectares from t he l arger allotment t o formally isolate the subject land from the council depot.
Once completed the land will be offered for sale.
This process to subdivide the allotment and offer land for sale can take several months.
The second asset council moved to lease at this month’s council meeting is the old maternal and child health building at 31 Highett Street.
The building has been invari- ably vacant since 2014.
The building was used as a temporary home for the youth centre and every four years for the Victorian Electoral Commission.
I n a c c ordance with t he Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978, an expression of interest will be sought for the future use of the land for commercial operators and community or- ganisations wishing to lease the building under a commercial lease arrangement.
As the land is Crown Land, the proposed lease on this building is subject to approval from Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Water, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will ultimately provide council with a preferred recommendation for the land’s use.
Mansfield Shire Council mayor Paul Volkering endorsed council’s decision to lease the assets.
“What we’ve got here is a number of council assets being maximised, and that’s a really positive sign in terms of getting our house in order,” said Cr Volkering.