Community Uses for the former Yarragon Primary School Site

Overview

The old Yarragon Primary School site has historical community significance. But, in order for the former school site to stay in community hands, one or more specific community uses must be identified. 

We'd like to hear from you, the people of Yarragon, as to how you think the former school site could be best used by your community.

There are several ways you can let us know what you think: 

Submissions will be open until 5.00pm on Friday 12 January 2018.


Background

The former Yarragon Primary School site was declared surplus in 2015 by the Department of Education and Training. The school relocated to a new larger site in Loch Street, Yarragon and the Department of Education and Training is confident that the site is large enough to accommodate growth into the future.

Baw Baw Shire Council was given First Right of Refusal to purchase the site at a reduced ‘community rate.’ At the time Council could not identify a specific community use for the site which satisfied the requirements of the Department of Treasury and Finance. 

In 2017 the former Yarragon Primary School was referred to the Fast Track Government Land Service to fast track the rezoning of land to enable the best price in an open market. It was clear during this process that the community wanted to retain the site for community purposes.

On behalf of the community, Council wrote to various State Government ministers to request time to consult the community about the potential community uses for the site.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is Council buying the former Yarragon Primary School Site?

At this time, Baw Baw Shire Council does not have a budget allocation to buy the former primary school site. There is no current position on whether Council should purchase the site. Council will consider the option of purchase or leaving the site remain with the State Government at a formal Council meeting in February 2018.  

How do I know my feedback has been received?

All forms, submissions or correspondence will be acknowledged either by email or letter so that you know your comments have been received.


Enquiries

For enquiries please contact the Coordinator Strategic and Community planning via email or by calling 5624 2411.