Council owns land for a variety of public purposes, including for health, education, community services, sports and recreation. Council also owns land to protect its natural environment or heritage value in the form of parks or reserves.
The need for Council to own land changes over time, in response to demand for public services, population change or new policy priorities. Therefore some land may become surplus to Council needs.
Council adopted the Sale of Surplus Land Policy 2019 in February 2019. It establishes how we review, identify, and evaluate the existence of land, including land containing capital improvements, which is surplus to requirements. This Policy does not apply to land having the legal status of “road”.
In contrast, Council's Land Acquisition Policy 2021 provides a basis to guide decision making in relation to the acquisition of land by Council, where there is an identified need to acquire land for municipal purposes.