Historic Campaspe County buildings for sale?

List of results: Girgarre Hall is among more than 50 community buildings and land listed for disposal in Campaspe Shire Council’s new ten-year asset management plan. It is listed for disposal in fiscal year 2023. Photo by Cathy Walker

Kyabram Plaza Theater and Kyabram Town Hall are the ‘significant’ items on a list of buildings owned by Campase Shire Council which have been earmarked by officers for ‘disposal’ over the next decade.

The Theater and Town Hall were listed alongside Tongala’s Brose Reserve and other buildings, including Tongala Hall and Community House, in Campaspe Shire Council’s Ten Year Asset Management Plan – a 173-page document given to councilors at the monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 15. .

Kyabram’s two historic buildings, which – if sold on the open market – could yield major windfalls for the county, were on a list of more than 50 buildings held for sale that were handed over to councillors.

The Free press believes, however, that the list of buildings and associated timelines are not “concrete” and have been prepared to meet new government asset reporting requirements for local government authorities.

Described as a “living document” by a council insider, the asset management plan details the future of the county’s $881 million in assets, including its $314.9 million in roads and $188.5 million of buildings.

Items included in the report are council-owned land ($127.8m), trails ($30.13m) and highly challenging pools (valued at $11.4m) – the report detailing assets slated for disposal, upgrade and renewal – while evaluating current assets from good to bad.

Other community facilities listed for disposal included senior residences in Echuca, Stanhope, Rochester and Rushworth, several kindergartens and a range of other community group headquarters.

Kyabram Scout Hall, Kvalley Hall, Girgarre Hall, Kyabram Tennis Club and Fenaughty Street Kindergarten were among those proposed for elimination between 2023 and 2032.

These buildings, from what Free press includes, have been on a list of Campaspe Shire surplus buildings that need to be looked at for some time, but the recent change in Victoria local government regulations for a more detailed asset management plan has made the situation worse.

The asset management document could not have come at a worse time for community groups’ often strained relationship with the Campaspe Shire.

Its delivery comes on the eve of several Campaspe communities preparing to embark on Township Development Plans (TFPs) and amid the continued delivery of Place-Based Plans (PBPs).

The TFP and PBP innovations are based on the community having a say in the future of council-owned buildings, land and other assets.

The council’s timing couldn’t be worse as it also prepares to announce the appointment of committees with the sole purpose of helping the county identify “non-essential” council-owned buildings.

The asset management plan would suggest that these decisions have, at least in some way, already been made.

At the April board meeting, it was announced that a series of seven to 11-member TFP governance committees would be appointed to help identify board-owned buildings that were surplus to requirements. County.

The committees, once formed, were to be given a detailed list of council-owned buildings and land in each city, and then be asked to recommend what can be “alienated” and what the proceeds of those sales might be used for.

Once the consultation process for the PTF is complete, a series of initiatives will be identified, which may include the closure and/or sale of council-owned community assets.

As was the case with the proposed decommissioning of outdoor pools, any facility or service identified by the community for closure, or decommissioning and/or sale through the TFP process, will have funds returned to the community.

These funds will be used to pay for any asset renewal and project identified in the PTF.

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