Sell off public property

CUMBERLAND Council is set to sell off two properties in the Lidcombe Town Centre, with separate negotiations underway.

Last month councillors unanimously accepted a proposal from the Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club to buy part of Board Street for $916,068 and put a plan to close and sell the laneway on public exhibition.
The proposed land purchase is part of a major redevelopment plan by the club.
Moves are also continuing sell off the council-owned car park at 13 John Street.
The carpark became mired in controversy after a company partly owned by now disgraced former Auburn Deputy Mayor Salim Mehajer, tried to buy it for a proposed high rise residential and commercial development, and it also came under scrutiny from an independent public inquiry into the former Auburn City Council.
In July this year, tenders were asked to “provide a business case to identify the highest and best uses and options for the site with consideration for economic and community benefits that will complement the Lidcombe Town Centre”.
In a closed session this month, all three tenders were rejected, with a resolution noting that “probity risks, weaknesses and omissions” were identified in the submissions.
Instead the councillors opted to begin negotiations with the two top ranked tenderers with the view to entering into a contract.

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