Council moves ahead with intention to sell public reserves in Broulee, Malua Bay and Sth Durras
Eurobodalla Council plans to move ahead with reclassification of three public reserves in the shire. Council Motion 15/31 on 24 February 2015 states that: ‘Net proceeds from the sale of the properties identified in the Recreation and Open Space Strategy be restricted for expenditure on recreation facilities and the net proceeds from the sale of other properties listed be placed in Council’s Land Register.’ If Council proceeds with the reclassification then the proceeds of the sales can be directed to the Mackay Park project that is already estimated to be in excess of $15 million dollars in excess of its original grant funding of $51 million dollars. Council has already made reference to the Council's Disposal of Real Estate Fund as being one of the sources to accommodate the anticipated Mackay Park blowout. Added to the parks and reserves to be sold will be the Batemans Bay Information Centre and the long intended sale of the Batemans Bay Community Centre. In regards to the three blocks in South Durras, Broulee and Malua Bay the Council says: "Reclassification and sale of identified community land pieces in each ROSS therefore assists to benefit the wider community. Realisation of these assets, identified and assessed as providing limited recreational use to the local community, goes on to provide multiple new playgrounds, sheltered picnic settings and barbecues, or substantial investment into other prioritised recreation assets across the Eurobodalla." Rationalise Lot 1110, DP 236653 (35-37 Illabunda Drive, Malua Bay), currently undeveloped open space. Investigate reclassification, subdivision and sale for residential purposes. N6 - Investigate 49 Banyandah Street, South Durras for reclassification, subdivision and sale. C6 - Investigate 9 Moir Place, Broulee for reclassification, subdivision and sale. NOTE: The above public reserves were identified by Council as being "surplus to use" as determined by a consultant who undertook a drive by assessment in 2012.