Seeking Ideas for Former Yarragon Primary School Site

Published on 01 December 2017

Baw Baw Shire Council is continuing to advocate on behalf of the Yarragon community by seeking input on the site’s potential community uses.

To provide some background, the former Yarragon Primary School site was declared surplus in 2015 by the Department of Education and Training.

Council was given First Right of Refusal (FROR) to purchase the site at a reduced community rate, however at the time could not identify a specific community use for the site to satisfy the purchase requirements.

On behalf of the community, Council wrote to various State Government ministers to request time to consult the community about the site’s potential use, resulting in the Have Your Say process currently open.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci is strongly encouraging the Yarragon and wider community to share their input and ideas.

“We know the old Yarragon Primary School site has historical community significance. However, for the site to stay in community hands, a specific community use must be identified”, said the Mayor.

“There is no current position on whether Council can or will purchase the site. If we are to continue advocating for the retention of the site, we need to present viable and fair possible uses.”

Submissions will be open until 5.00pm on Friday 5 January 2018.

Council will consider the option to purchase or leave the site to remain with the State Government at a formal Council meeting in February 2018.

Residents are encouraged to fill in a short online survey or downloadable consultation pack which can be found on the Have Your Say section of Council’s website.