Saleyards up for sale or lease of land
Despite strong objection council goes ahead
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.”
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“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.
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