Legacy projects a step closer through sale of unused land

Published on 31 January 2018

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Seven legacy projects that will increase tourism, female participation in sport, and improve overall health and wellbeing could soon become a reality following Council’s proposal to sell vacant land in order to fund the community’s wish list.

Mayor Peter Clarke said the intention to sell the vacant and underutilised land would fastrack the very projects the community has been calling out for without going cap-in-hand to the ratepayers.

“These projects have been on the agenda for too long and the community was sick of inaction from previous councils who couldn’t deliver the likes of the Diamond Creek Trail extension or the upgrades needed for the Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre,” Cr Clarke said.

“To pay for these much-needed assets we would have needed to increase rates by around 30 per cent, put Council into more debt costing millions per year in interest, reduce the essential services we provide to the community or sell some vacant land that has no current use and costs ratepayers thousands of dollars a year in maintenance.

“Some money will also go towards paying down the $13.8 million of debt from the previous Council, which would save us around $800,000 per year in interest payments, which we could spend on other important community projects and service improvements.”

Council will now hear any submissions on the sale of 17 vacant properties and will undertake a month of community engagement before resolving the way forward.

Proceeds of the sale have been earmarked for the extension of the Diamond Creek Trail from Diamond Creek to Hurstbridge, lot 1 Graysharps Rd Hurstbridge open space project, Research Park Sports Pavilion, Marngrook Oval’s new pavilion at Diamond Creek, Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre upgrade and additional basketball courts, Eltham Central Oval community hub, cricket, football and U3A and the Diamond Creek Netball pavilion.

Submissions can be made here https://participate.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/building-nillumbik or in writing to the Council.