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Revised dates for Public Hearings on reclassification of Council community land to operational land
Media Release

Published On

14/04/2024

Revised dates and venue changes have been announced for the two public hearings into the reclassification of 10 Council owned properties from community to operational. 

As previously advised, the sites to be reclassified were reviewed by Council in 2023 and the choice of sites was streamlined to ensure that only sites with the highest level of community benefit were included.  

Most of the sites will continue to remain in community ownership in the future, being either retained in Council ownership or transferred to well-established locally based community organisation that provide valued recreational, sporting or accommodation facilities.

One property will be sold on the open market with the proceeds of sale being used to fund a new community centre.  Both the property to be sold and its replacement are located at Norah Head. 

The reclassification of some of the other sites will allow vital road upgrade projects to proceed in the fast-growing northern sector of our area.  

The reclassification process is overseen by the NSW Government through the Minister for Planning, Housing and Infrastructure and there is an extensive series of public interest tests that must be met in order for the reclassifications to gain ministerial approval.

The 10 properties were on public exhibition from 20 February to 18 March 2024. 

The revised dates and new venues for the public hearings are:

  • Wednesday 8 May 2024 – 6pm – 7.30pm at The Erina Centre (Erina Library)
  • Thursday 9 May 2024 – 6pm – 7.30pm at Wyong Golf Club Auditorium

The public hearings are held in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 and will be chaired by a person who is independent of Council. 

The hearings will provide opportunities for the public to comment on the change of classification of the lands from community to operational, including the opportunity to make a short verbal presentation to the chairperson of the hearing. Written submissions will also be accepted by the chairperson.

Following the public hearings, the chairperson will prepare a report on the hearings, a copy of which will be made publicly available.

If you wish to attend the public hearings, register via the following Eventbrite links:

Wednesday 8 May 2024 (Erina Centre) Register here 
Thursday 9 May 2024 (Wyong Golf Club) Register here 

To view all details of the Planning proposal:  View here 

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