Oval sale near

FUNDS from the prospective sale of the Willow Court oval would be used to develop the remainder of the historic site, Derwent Valley Mayor Martyn Evans said in a statement issued to mainstream media last week. “New Norfolk is set to make a positive move ahead with the sale of the oval space,” Councillor Evans said.

“For several years council has been seeking to sell this space with expressions of interest being called on three occasions. Funds raised from the sale of this space will go directly into the development of the Willow Court precinct. We are hopeful … that these funds will bring about a much-needed new and positive approach to Willow Court,” Cr Evans said.

“Over the last 12 months the Derwent Valley Council has discussed the sale of the oval area, an empty piece of land behind [Woolworths] supermarket, with four prospective purchasers. Late last year, it was thought that a developer had been found, but the sale did not go ahead as the developer could not meet some of the conditions needed.

The council is now negotiating with a preferred tenderer who has not been named. Cr Evans said this decision was not based on sale price, but on what was in the best interest of the community. “It’s great to see that there is investment coming into the town, and that we as a council can manage that in the best interests of the whole community,” he said.

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