Secret land sale comes unstuck

A MOVE will be made next week to rescind a secret decision of the Derwent Valley Council to sell part of the Willow Court historic site for a supermarket development. Until last night’s monthly council meeting, former deputy mayor had been the only councillor to speak publicly about the decision to sell the Willow Court sportsground to a developer planning to build a new supermarket.

At last night’s meeting, Cr Judy Bromfield sought leave to make a personal statement. Cr Bromfield said she believed the sale of the oval was in the best interests of the ratepayers and she believed the decision to sell was correct. Cr Bromfield went on to say that certain circumstances had changed since the decision was made, and as such she was foreshadowing a motion of revocation and requested a closed council meeting next week to debate the motion.

At a “meet the candidates” forum at New Norfolk in October, Cr Scott Shaw revealed that the council was poised to sell the oval property to a supermarket developer for $500,000.

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