Council has resolved to begin the
process to sell three properties in Corio and Highton.
The three properties are:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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.