Council approves sale process for three properties

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Council has resolved to begin the process to sell three properties in Corio and Highton.

The three properties are:

  1. 116-120 Purnell Road, Corio: The City operated a child care facility at this property. This service has been relocated to the new Corio Integrated Child and Family Centre, therefore this centre has been closed.
  2. 11 McHarry Court, Corio: This parcel of land was originally created as a reserve for drainage, sewerage and recreation purposes. Any proceeds will go towards improving other open spaces in the Corio and Norlane area.
  3. 34-40 Esperance Crescent, Highton: This property was originally purchased in 2008 and considered for community facilities, however has never been developed and remains as vacant land.  

After careful consideration to reutilise these properties for social housing, public open space and other uses, these sites are no longer fit for purpose or are surplus to the City’s needs.

We will now commence the sale process for the properties in accordance with section 189 of the Local Government Act 1989 which involves giving public notice of the intention to sell land and invite submissions.

If submissions are received regarding a specific property, they will be considered by the Council or if requesting to be heard, the Submissions Review Panel will hear the submissions and a further report will be put to Council.

In line with our key priority to “proactively manage our assets, including land holdings”, land we identify as no longer required for strategic operations may be identified as surplus and for potential sale.

Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor

These properties are not in the council’s future plans and a sale would mean they could be put to better use.

All members of the community will have an opportunity to give their feedback on any of the proposed sales once notices of intention to sell have been issued.

Councillor Anthony Aitken - Chair, Finance portfolio

Council has listed three sites for potential sale to help balance future budgets in Geelong. The sites will generate market interest especially the Highton site which is prime development land.

Before we do decide to sell, we are asking for community feedback. I encourage residents in Highton and Corio in particular to have their say. If the City receives submissions about these properties, we will consider those views before making a final decision.

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