Council to investigate surplus land
 Baw Baw News  

By // 13:47, Tuesday 15 July 2014

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COUNCIL staff will investigate a number of properties owned by Baw Baw to find which can be sold.

At a meeting held earlier this week councillors voted unanimously to authorise CEO Helen Anstis to investigate which blocks are surplus to the council’s needs.

Level of use, location in relation to other nearby open spaces, level of access, master plan inclusion and maintenance costs will be considered during the review.


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In the firing line are:

  • Lots 85 & 86 Blackwood Court, Drouin,
  • Lots 69 & 70 Forrest Street, Drouin,
  • 158 Hopetoun Road, Drouin,
  • 1688 Mt Baw Baw Tourist Road, Icy Creek,
  • Nilma Tennis Courts, Pollock Street, Nilma,
  • Lots 1 & 2 Depot Lane, Trafalgar,
  • Linear Reserve, Trafalgar com-prising of Lot 85 and 2 Rose Court and 1-3 and 4 Edward Crescent,
  • 1 Saleyards Road, Trafalgar, and
  • 272 Sutton Street Warragul.

Warragul ward councillor Mikaela Power told councillors careful consideration would need to be made if land were to be removed.

“If we do remove a park… we need to ensure we have footpath access to neighbourhood parks,” Cr Power said.

Council staff have suggested funds raised from any sale would be invested in infrastructure.

This article was first published in the 11 July 2014 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.

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3 responses to “Council to investigate surplus land”

  1. Christine says:

    Interesting that residents don’t seem to have been asked about what is “surplus” land. Being familiar with two of the parcels of land in Drouin, I know that many in the community would not view these as Surplus. They are a valuable community asset used by local residents of all ages for semi-active recreaction. Just because they are not sports playing fields, doesn’t mean they aren’t valuable.

  2. Dave Snelling says:

    How can Baw Baw Shire consider selling of any parks or reserve’s while the population is growing in these area’s we need more public space for recreation not less.How do we get our kids outside and playing if there is less open space to do it in.

  3. David Wombat Lyons says:

    given all Trafalgar’s calls over the last 4 years for more car parking, why sell land that could be useful for that role.

    I know council wants to find ways to make money with out raising rates but i think a lot more community converstations is needed. some of this land is needed and the community can see uses for it- in some cases i sure commuites will say – sell, but in others i think they will say Car Parks or other services could be useful