Coun­cil to sell land on Water­son Way

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A PRIME piece of land owned by Coun­cil in the heart of Air­lie Beach has gone out to ten­der this week.

This is part of Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil’s ‘Build­ing a Bet­ter Whit­sun­day’ cam­paign.

When Coun­cil’s bud­get was handed down last week, it was an­nounced that this 2.13 hectare block next to the new Wool­worths store on Water­son Way would be sold.

This is part of Coun­cil’s strat­egy to re­duce its $73mil­lion debt.

This week, mayor Jennifer Whit­ney con­firmed the land was now of­fi­cially up for sale and would be mar­keted by in­ter­na­tional com­mer­cial prop­erty mar­keters Knight Frank and man­aged by McCul­loch Robert­son Lawyers.

She said a devel­op­ment lease was be­ing of­fered for the prop­erty mean­ing the suc­cess­ful ten­derer could start con­struc­tion im­me­di­ately.

“This also means the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity will ben­e­fit from the jobs and eco­nomic growth as­so­ci­ated with this devel­op­ment straight away,” she said.

Coun­cil’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Scott Wa­ters said Coun­cil was very fo­cused to­wards work­ing with a suc­cess­ful ten­derer “to have this site trans­formed in a way that ben­e­fits our com­mu­nity as soon as pos­si­ble”.

“Coun­cil of­fi­cers have worked ex­ten­sively over the past six months in pre­par­ing the site for sale and I seek to give all ten­der­ers con­fi­dence that this Coun­cil will con­tinue to act con­struc­tively to­ward achiev­ing a great devel­op­ment out­come for the site,” he said.

Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Knight Frank (North Queens­land), Craig Stack, said the ten­der eval­u­a­tion process would be weighted to­wards favour­ing ap­pli­cants who could demon­strate their devel­op­ment pro­posal would in­crease em­ploy­ment, en­hance eco­nomic di­ver­sity in the town cen­tre and take into ac­count con­nec­tions with ad­join­ing sites.

Cr Whit­ney said Coun­cil would not be in­volved in ten­der eval­u­a­tions although the fi­nal de­ci­sion would be made around the Coun­cil board­room ta­ble and would have to be palat­able to coun­cil­lors and the com­mu­nity.

She gave no in­di­ca­tion of the dol­lar value the site was ex­pected to at­tract.

In ad­di­tion to the land on Water­son Way, Coun­cil has iden­ti­fied 19 sep­a­rate parcels of land in­clud­ing res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial, in­dus­trial and multi-unit zoned lots through­out the Whit­sun­day lo­cal govern­ment area, which are also up for sale.

FOR SALE: Whit­sun­day Mayor Jennifer Whit­ney stand­ing be­side the 2.13 hectare piece of land on Water­son Way.

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