Sunday, June 23, 2024

Greater Bendigo flags properties for sale

Greater Bendigo City Council is set to sell off seven City-owned properties as part of an ongoing review of its property holdings.

The Council says the buildings are not planned for future use in line with any City strategies or plans. 

The properties to be put up for sale include:

  • 53 Eaglehawk Road, Ironbark
  • 10 Sibley Place, Strathdale
  • 101 Alder Street, Kangaroo Flat
  • 5 St Johns Close, Kangaroo Flat
  • 17 Edwin Street, North Bendigo
  • 27 Hamelin Street, White Hills (part of)
  • 11 Carolyn Way, Maiden Gully (part of)

Mayor, Andrea Metcalf said eight properties had been identified as part of the Council review.

“Seven of the eight properties have been determined as surplus to the City’s needs and Council has authorised the CEO to undertake the land assessment, preparation and sale processes of the properties with the proceeds from any sale deposited into the Public Space Reserve or the Land and Buildings Reserve,” Mayor Metcalf said.

“However, a property located at 3-4 Lindsay Court, Strathfieldsaye will be retained at this stage to allow officers to undertake further investigations regarding the future needs, constraints and opportunities of the site.”

Residents were invited to comment on the potential sales on the Council’s Let’s Talk community engagement website for a five-week period.

“During the community engagement period the Let’s Talk webpage was viewed 3,355 times from over 902 unique visitors,” the Mayor said.

“In addition to the Let’s Talk webpage, signs were placed on all of the properties and letters were sent to nearby residents and landowners. The project was also advertised on social media and via newspaper advertisements. Word of mouth within neighbourhood Facebook groups also helped to promote the project and generate interest.”

One of the properties to be sold off by Council.

More than 140 individual pieces of feedback were received, including survey responses, written submissions, email enquiries and phone calls, and a petition with 70 signatures was received. Internal City business units were also consulted, and all feedback received was considered, the Mayor said.

“The City manages a portfolio of 1,500 assets valued in excess of $600 million. As part of the City’s strategic asset management and long-term financial plan, the asset portfolio is continually reviewed.”

“These reviews include strategically acquiring land when needed, disposing of surplus land, repurposing land to respond to the community’s changing needs, and retaining land to maintain existing levels of service.

“As the assessment, preparation and sale process could take some time, Council has requested the CEO to provide quarterly reports about the process as it progresses,” said Mayor Metcalf.

View the properties for sale here.

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