Two parcels of land in the centre of Gin Gin will soon be available for community use after Bundaberg Regional Council resolved to purchase the properties.
Lots 413 and 414, located on Dear Street, are freehold land with one of the lots featuring a hall known as Ballantyne Lodge.
Following itsJanuary 27 meeting Council agreed to enter into negotiations for the purchase of the lots, which were recently finalised.
Mayor Jack Dempsey said Council had been approached by the owners of the property and recognised the strategic importance of the land for the community.
“This property is right in the heart of Gin Gin and sits alongside other significant community facilities such as the Gin Gin Community Hub and the showgrounds,” Mayor Dempsey said.
“We recognise the value these parcels to the future of Gin Gin.
“The acquisition of this land will secure any future potential for the expansion of the showgrounds should this be necessitated in years to come.”
Divisional representative Cr Wayne Honor welcomed the decision and said it was something that had been considered in recent years.
“These blocks have always been a very significant and central part of our town that can be utilised for community benefit,” Cr Honor said.
“It will be of great benefit to our regional communities and especially the hinterland area.”
Council will look at options to remove or sell the Ballantyne Lodge building in coming months.
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