Agree­ment reached on build­ing

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - DROUIN THE PLACE TO LIVE... -

A le­gal agree­ment has been pre­pared be­tween Baw Baw Shire Coun­cil and a Drouin prop­erty owner that is de­signed to pro­tect the health and safety of build­ing oc­cu­pants and the gen­eral pub­lic.

A re­port re­cently pre­sented to coun­cil, sug­gested coun­cil en­ter into a sec­tion 163 agree­ment with the owner of a build­ing at 115 Princes Way, Drouin.

Of­fi­cers said the build­ing was a two storey shop that is part of a com­plex of four shops, ex­tend­ing to Hamp Lane at the rear.

“There has been il­le­gal build­ing works con­ducted on the build­ing. The mat­ter has been sub­stan­tially re­solved ex­cept for an is­sue with fire pro­tec­tion of a win­dow open­ing in the rear ex­ter­nal wall of the shop.

A re­port to coun­cil said the owner, Mar­garet Jenk­ins, ob­tained a dis­pen­sa­tion from the Build­ing Ap­peals Board.

“The de­ter­mi­na­tion es­sen­tially al­lows the owner to re­tain the ex­ist­ing win­dow sub­ject to a con­di­tion that the win­dow be brought into com­pli­ance with the cur­rent build­ing reg­u­la­tions should any de­vel­op­ment oc­cur within three me­tres of the win­dow open­ing.

The BAB de­ci­sion re­quired the owner and coun­cil to en­ter into a le­gal agree­ment. The owner has re­im­bursed coun­cil $1500 for le­gal costs.

Cr Keith Cook said this mat­ter arose be­cause of con­cerns about un­ap­proved works con­ducted on the build­ing.

He said the mat­ter had been re­solved and the win­dow could be re­tained sub­ject to con­di­tions.

“This will en­able the agree­ment to be for­malised,” he said.

Cr Dar­ren Wal­lace said it was a sim­ple pro­ce­dural mat­ter.

“This has been be­fore the Build­ing Ap­provals Board and the de­ter­mi­na­tion re­quired the owner to en­ter into a sec­tion 163 agree­ment with coun­cil,” he said.

Drouin Se­con­dayr Col­lege DOVE pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor Gita Walker presents first prize in its ma­jor raf­fle to An­drew Marks.

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