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Latrobe City Council clears way to acquire office land

The Latrobe City Council has cleared the way to purchase land in Commercial Road Morwell for its corporate headquarters building.

By Latrobe City Council - 9th February 2001 - Back to News

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Latrobe City Council has cleared the way to purchase the railway land in Commercial Road Morwell for its corporate headquarters building.

A site assessment carried out by local geo-technical experts, Geo-Eng Australia Pty Ltd, has concluded that the site was considered suitable for commercial/industrial use.

On the basis of the site assessment, Council, at its meeting on 5 February 2001, resolved to rescind its earlier resolution requiring the railway authority, VicTrack, to accept responsibility for any contamination clean-up. This decision paves the way for Council to purchase the site. It is expected that the transfer of the site to Council will occur in the near future.

At its meeting on 5 February, Council also resolved to commence the process to have the land appropriately rezoned to allow its new corporate headquarters to be located at that site.

Tenders will now be invited from architects for the design of the new corporate headquarters on the Commercial Road site.

“The move to purchase the land, incorporating the car park and sections of the Rose Garden as well as the former freightgate site, is long overdue. Now that the Council knows that the land is suitable for development, we can get on with this long-awaited project,” Councillor Hanning said.

“The next stage will be the design of a suitable building to accommodate Council’s corporate headquarters functions. The design process will be open and consultative, so that the Latrobe community knows what is planned. “Consolidating the corporate headquarters functions into one building will certainly improve administrative efficiency for the Council organisation. Currently the organisation operates out of five separate buildings in two towns, and a number of the buildings are sub-standard.

“Council looks forward to taking the next steps in this very long drawn out process,” Cr Hanning said.

Media Enquiries:

Cr. Tony Hanning, Mayor, Latrobe City tel. 0417 373 577

Cr. Brendan Jenkins, Deputy Mayor, Latrobe City tel. 0417 374 590

Ms. Penny Holloway, Chief Executive Officer, tel. 5173 1401 or 0417 557 103

Jeremy Bein, Public Relations and Communications Officer, tel. 5173 1468

Source: www.gippsland.com

Published by: latrobecity@gippslander.com



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