Ensuring the best future use of Coffs Harbour City Council-owned and managed property is the aim of a draft strategy developed by Council to review the way that land, buildings, licences and easements are managed.
The Draft Property Strategy 2017-2020 will go on exhibition for public comment from December 11 2017 until February 16 2018. Parklands, reserves and public open space, which are managed separately, are not included in the document.
“Council holds property to support various services for the community,” said Andrew Beswick, Council’s Director Business Services. “While these services are essential, property is expensive to run and maintain so it’s important that our property holdings continue to best meet the needs of the community.
“Recent improvements in the way we manage our assets and the money raised through the Special Rate Variation to renew ageing infrastructure is now allowing us to move ahead with upgrades, such as that for the pavilion at Fitzroy Oval – the Old Camp Yaam Nguura Jalumgal.
“This draft strategy is about reviewing the way these facilities are used, finding the most cost-effective way of managing them and also increasing their use by the community.”
The Draft Strategy looks at:
- Reviewing the current use of existing buildings;
- Leasing policies and procedures;
- Realising commercial opportunities if appropriate;
- Reviewing Crown Land reserves for greater use and improved returns; and
- Improving internal systems and reporting on property assets.
“For the first time, the Draft Property Strategy 2017-2020 provides Council with a comprehensive approach to reviewing, managing and improving the suitability of Council’s properties,” added Mr Beswick.
The Draft Strategy can be viewed at haveyoursay.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/draft-property-strategy and local libraries. Submissions can be made online at haveyoursay.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/draft-property-strategy