Quadruple backflip on Willow Court oval

THE Derwent Valley Council will make another attempt to sell the sportsground at the Willow Court historic site. At a closed council meeting on Monday night, the majority of councillors voted in favour of the general manager’s recommendation to sell the oval.

This follows recent moves to overturn an earlier secret decision to sell the property to a supermarket developer and a call for tenders for redevelopment of the prime property on the edge of New Norfolk’s central business district. After the close of tenders, all applicants were advised that none of the submissions had been successful.

The council’s latest decision is to directly negotiate with four of the unsuccessful tenderers to bring about the sale of the oval. Those named were Kalis Properties (Kalis family), Humana Pty Ltd (Rockefeller family), Snowy Mountain Pty Ltd (Saadri family), and the Tasmanian Government Department of Education. The council proposes to put a yet-to-be-determined project to the tenderers and ask which is prepared to build it.

Despite this latest decision being made in closed session, the matter can be reported following a motion moved by Cr Damian Bester and seconded by Cr Jim Elliott that “the council make public its decision.” Mayor Martyn Evans said he would advise the Derwent Valley Gazette of the decision.


  1. The question that should be raised is what will happen to the oval buildings. Just as important as highlighting the evolution of the site, these buildings will not form part of the oval resale. So will they just sit and rot until they are that dangerous and need demolition? The state they are in now it won't take long.

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