Next Steps for Yarragon Primary School Site

Published on 15 February 2018

Hopes for the former Yarragon Primary School site to remain in community hands have been given a boost with Baw Baw Shire Council confirming interest to purchase the site for community use.

After initially refusing Council’s offer to purchase the site, the State Government has extended Council’s opportunity to purchase the site at a reduced community rate. However, at this stage the purchase value is unknown and yet to be determined by the Valuer General.

Although Council has committed to making an offer, the purchase is dependent on the State Government returning a fair and reasonable value for the site, particularly as the purchase is currently unbudgeted.

In December 2017, Council consulted with the community seeking input on the site’s potential purchase and ideas for community uses.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci thanked the Yarragon community for their overwhelming support during the community consultation process.

“When we asked the community if they would support our investment in the site, survey results showed 97.7 per cent of respondents were in favour of the purchase”, said the Mayor.

“This shows us how much the community value the site and we are committed to doing all we can to see the purchase through.

”As a Council, we understand the importance of spending ratepayer funds responsibly and hope that the State Government return a fair asking price.”

Council will need to formally submit its interest to purchase the site to the State Government by Friday 23 February.

Once the valuation figure is returned from the State Government, a further report will be presented to Council to consider the purchase at the nominated price. This is expected to take about 3 months.