Former Pimpinio school site sale proceedings start

Horsham Rural City Council agreed to start the process to enable the sale of the former Pimpinio school site land at its meeting on Monday night. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Horsham Rural City Council agreed to start the process to enable the sale of the former Pimpinio school site land at its meeting on Monday night. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

HORSHAM Rural City Council will start proceedings to sell the former Pimpinio school site.

Two people have expressed interest to council about buying the land in the past few months.

However, council planning and economic director Tony Bawden said the land was zoned public park and recreation.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development tried to rezone the 2.203-hectare block from public use zone 2 – education to township in 2008-09.

But several objections were received during the Horsham Planning Scheme Amendment public consultation phase.

Mr Bawden said council then bought the land for $10,000 and rezoned it to public park and recreation.

Council’s proposed capital improved value on the block is $25,000.

Mr Bawden said council would now start a community engagement process to progress options for the future use and ownership of the site.

He said he and recreation and natural resource planner Steve Talbot visited the site last year.

He encouraged council’s Monday night meeting to start the process to enable the sale of the land.

Mr Bawden said the first step would include talking with the community about the proposal.

He said council should commit to donate the net proceeds of the sale to an agreed Pimpinio community project or the Pimpinio Recreation Reserve committee, to relocate the school plaque and stone to a suitable adjacent site on its road reserve, and propose to sell the land in its current condition.

Cr Robin Barber supported the proposal.

“It’s a parcel of land in Pimpinio that should be developed,” he said.

“That existing old school building on the site should be removed or developed so it doesn’t get squatters.”

Cr Sue Exell said it would be great to sell the land and see the money put towards something the community could use.

But she said it was important to keep a record of the site’s history as well.

Cr Mark Radford also said it was important to recognise the former school at the site.

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