Council to sell off surplus land
FOUR parcels of land listed for sale by Coffs Harbour City Council in the near future are unrelated to any blocks proposed for possible disposal in the draft Open Space Strategy, say council officials.
“We are currently seeking community feedback on the suggested sales of 15 parcels of council-owned community land that have been identified as being possibly surplus to community requirements in the draft strategy,” said Craig Milburn, Council’s Director of Corporate Business.
“However, there is clearly concern in the community that we have already put some of these up for sale – this is categorically not the case.”
Two residential blocks at Haviland Street in Woolgoolga that are listed for auction were originally purchased by council to accommodate a possible road bridge over the Pacific Highway.
“This was done at a time when the final route of the highway through or around Woolgoolga was unknown. Since the State Government chose its preferred route, the blocks of land have become surplus to requirements,” he said.
“Two other parcels of land owned by council in Warrawee Street, Sapphire, have also recently been put up for auction. These are blocks of land that were identified in the 1998 Open Space Strategy as being surplus to requirements.
“At that time, following community consultation and a re-zoning process involving a public hearing, the lands were duly designated as being of no public use and could be sold.
“However, they had power lines running across them and could not be sold until the final route of the highway upgrade between Sapphire and Woolgoolga was known,” said Mr Milburn. “This meant the old power lines were able to be removed and the blocks could be put up for auction.”
Council is currently asking the community, as part of the wider consultation into the draft Open Space Strategy, for comment on the possible sale of 15 parcels of public reserves at Sunset Avenue, Crabbe Street, Norman Close, Lights Street, Topaz Drive, Parkes Drive, Bellwood Place, Manning Avenue, Island View Close, Greenlea Crescent, Peterson Road, Robert Garrett Street, Burridge Avenue, Bray Street and Dirrigeree Crescent.