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Surplus vote is on tonight

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May 17, 2016

Greater Shepparton councillors will tonight vote as to whether to put four council-owned properties, considered surplus to requirements, on the market.

The properties, one in Mooroopna, one in Cosgrove and two in Shepparton, have all been identified as acceptable for sale and are not being used by the council, a report to councillors said.

At tonight’s meeting the council will determine whether to proceed with the sales via auction or private treaty, obtain valuations and authorise the chief executive to approve a reserve price.

Councillors had previously voted at the October 2015 council meeting to advertise for the possible sale of seven properties considered surplus to requirements.

At the time, the sale of the properties was identified as a way to convert fixed assets into capital raised for infrastructure development projects.

Among the seven properties potentially identified for the market, officers proposed four for sale after a period of public consultation.

Two of the seven properties were deemed unsuitable for sale because of environmental significance, while it was determined one was not owned by the council.

A background report provided to councillors said it was not unreasonable to sell these parcels of land now if councillors believed they would provide an acceptable return to finance public infrastructure projects.

The motion to acknowledge the parcels of land in question were no longer required was carried at the October 2015 council meeting.

Councillor Fern Summer at the time said she was pleased the council was taking the initiative, while councillor Chris Hazelman said it was appropriate for the council to assess its assets and determine which land was and which was not required.

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