Council to sell private land

BELLINGEN Shire Council is set to sell 28 parcels of land to recover a backlog of unpaid rates and charges, including, for the first time, land owned by pensioners.

At Thursday's meeting, councillors voted unanimously to authorise the means of debt recovery.

The director of corporate services, Peter Wilson, said all the properties had more than five years of outstanding charges and all other avenues of recovery had been explored and failed.

“At this point if people want to settle the debts, it can only be for the full amount,” Mr Wilson said.

He said the vote would allow advertisements listing the properties to be placed and letters to be sent to owners and neighbours.

The sales by auction are scheduled to take place in February next year.

Cr Ian Coe said some of the land parcels were very small (a few square metres in some cases) and wondered if they would sell given the land title tax of $1500.

“What if these parcels are passed in? Will council acquire them?” he asked.

General manager Mike Colreavy said those possibilities would need to be considered.

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