Sa­le­yards up for sale or lease of land

De­spite strong ob­jec­tion coun­cil goes ahead

Mansfield Courier - - Front Page - BY JARRAH LOH [email protected] ne­me­

IN spite of re­ports that the agenda had not been re­leased on­line in typ­i­cal time, or that the coun­cil didn’t in­clude the usual print­ing of meeting items in the 0DQV¿HOG &RXULHU, word still spread around town that the coun­cil was look­ing to ap­prove the sale of the Sa­le­yards site last week, and as such it was a packed chamber on Tues­day night.

The SES turned out in num­bers to see what the fu­ture of their cur­rent premises may be, along with many other sup­port­ing mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Through some heated de­bate, and what seemed a split coun­cil, the mo­tion was even­tu­ally car­ried in favour to go ahead with the sale or lease of the land.

Pre­vi­ously, at the meeting of Septem­ber 18, 2018, a No­tice of Mo­tion was put for­ward by Cr Paul Volk­er­ing that coun­cil de­clare a No­tice of In­ten­tion to Sell or Lease the old Sa­le­yards site (Lots 1, 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9 of Plan of Sub­di­vi­sion LP3865 and Lot 1 on Plan of Sub­di­vi­sion PS749844 166 –176 Ma­roon­dah High­way).

The pub­lic no­tice in­vited in­ter­ested per­sons to make a sub­mis­sion and a ver­bal rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

In to­tal there were 20 sub­mis­sions, with 14 un­sup­port­ive of the sale or lease of land.

This was backed with an ob­ject­ing pe­ti­tion with over 800 sig­na­tures in sup­port of the 0DQV¿HOG 6(6 ZKR FXUUHQWO\ re­side across Lots 4 and 5 of the site (the re­main­der of the site is un­oc­cu­pied.)

In the coun­cil re­port, it said the “land is cur­rently zoned as com­mer­cial and has the po­ten­tial to sell, and a num­ber of pro­pos­als have been made through the sub­mis­sions process”.

“Large scale com­mer­cial oc­cu­pa­tion is the most likely out­come for this site,” the re­port said.

“Coun­cil has a num­ber of op­tions when con­sid­er­ing the fu­ture ar­range­ments for the land.”

The re­port also notes the VLJQL¿FDQW FRPPXQLW\ LQWHUHVW in the fu­ture of this site and sup­port for the cre­ation of an emer­gency ser­vices precinct DQG WKDW FRXQFLO RI¿FHUV and com­mu­nity mem­bers have at­tempted to en­gage the govern­ment through this process with lit­tle to no re­sponse.

&U 9RONHULQJ ZKR ¿UVW mo­tioned for the sale, started pro­ceed­ings, ex­plain­ing his rea­son­ing.

“I put up this orig­i­nal mo­tion and in my opin­ion, we need to show some in­tent in re­la­tion to this piece of land,” he said.

“I agree to some ex­tent that it has been the large por­tion of peo­ple not want­ing to sell the land, but we do have a strat­egy in mind.

PHOTO: Jarrah Loh

BRAND new cit­i­zens Chris Glee­son and Jac­qui Mal­lard were wel­comed as of­fi­cial Aussies on Aus­tralia Day in Mans­field.Turn to page 6 for more Aus­traliaDay pho­tos.

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