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Acquisition of the Hurstville Baptist Church

7 Oct 2016

Georges River Council’s Administrator John Rayner said today the former Hurstville City Council resolved to acquire the Hurstville Baptist Church site in 2008 and negotiations have been ongoing since.

“The acquisition of the site is essential for the purposes of delivering Council’s Hurstville Civic Precinct Master Plan,” Mr Rayner said.

“This Plan identifies the potential of the Civic Precinct as a strategic site to deliver new community facilities, Council chambers and offices, public open space, public car parking, residential and commercial office space.

“The Hurstville Civic Precinct is located within the blocks bounded by Dora Street, MacMahon Street, Park Road and Queens Road, Hurstville. The Civic Precinct comprises approximately 13,000 square metres of which the majority is in the ownership of Georges River Council.

“Negotiations with the Hurstville Baptist Church over many years were unsuccessful. The former Hurstville City Council was left no option but to commence the compulsory acquisition process”.
Mr Rayner said during the negotiations, Georges River Council sought to find an alternative suitable location with the Hurstville CBD as part of a proposed land swap arrangement.

“Unfortunately, while Council attempted to facilitate a land swap, these negotiations were unsuccessful with parties being unable to agree on a value as the offer put forward by the Hurstville Baptist Church did not provide value for money for ratepayers,” he said.

“In seeking to acquire the Hurstville Baptist Church site Council has followed due process and acted in accordance within the NSW Government Guidelines to ensure fairness and transparency.

“Georges River Council received approval on 27 September 2016 to commence a formal process to acquire the Hurstville Baptist Church site as part of the Hurstville Civic Precinct Master Plan.

“Georges River Council will not require use of the site for a number of years and will be prepared to negotiate occupation by the church until that time”.

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