Re­tire­ment village re­search be­gins

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS - By ZOE MCMAUGH

The re­sults of a due dili­gence process will de­ter­mine when de­vel­op­ment of a se­nior hous­ing fa­cil­ity in De­niliquin will pro­ceed.

Ed­ward River Coun­cil se­lected a pre­ferred de­vel­oper for the long awaited project in March, but re­fuses to re­lease the com­pany’s name

Coun­cil gen­eral man­ager Adam McSwain said any fur­ther progress will de­pend on the com­pany’s re­search find­ings.

He said the due dili­gence process in­cludes the con­trac­tor pro­vid­ing more in­for­ma­tion on how the site can be de­vel­oped.

‘‘They will also do some mar­ket re­search on the com­mer­cial vi­a­bil­ity of the project, and the need for such a fa­cil­ity.’’

Coun­cil’s ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est process called on a con­trac­tor to ‘‘fi­nance, de­sign, build, own, and op­er­ate a re­tire­ment village at De­niliquin’’.

Mr McSwain said a for­mal de­vel­op­ment agree­ment would not be fi­nalised un­til af­ter the due dili­gence process, if the com­pany de­cides to pro­ceed.

He said coun­cil will meet with the com­pany at the end of this month to see if a de­ter­mi­na­tion has been made.

In the mean­time, Mr McSwain said ef­forts to ac­quire the rest of the land needed for the re­tire­ment village are pro­gress­ing.

The land is the bat­tleaxe block start­ing at the cor­ner of Hardinge and Harfleur Sts and run­ning be­hind Hardinge St build­ings to­ward Poic­tiers St.

‘‘We’re work­ing through the process of ac­qui­si­tion which has al­ready been ap­proved by one min­is­ter — the NSW Min­is­ter for Fi­nance,’’ Mr McSwain said.

‘‘It has since gone to the Of­fice of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, and then to the Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, and they came back to us want­ing some more in­for­ma­tion.

‘‘Our lawyer is in the process of sub­mit­ting that ex­tra in­for­ma­tion.’’

Coun­cil ac­quired the par­cel of land which runs through the cen­tre of the block in Au­gust 2016, and prepa­ra­tion works for that block were un­der­taken in Fe­bru­ary. This in­cluded flat­ten­ing the land and pro­vid­ing some of the re­quired ser­vice con­nec­tions like wa­ter and sew­er­age.

The land prepa­ra­tion works were funded us­ing part of a $400,000 al­lo­ca­tion from the Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin Re­gional Eco­nomic Di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram. Mr McSwain said there is enough fund­ing left to com­plete prepa­ra­tion of the sec­ond block.

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