Update on projects across Wellington

David Braithwaite

WELLINGTON Shire Council has provided an update of planning projects across the shire.

Draft planning scheme provisions for the Port of Sale’s east bank is expected to be completed next month.

Initial community and stakeholder engagement has been done, with the draft planning provisions being reviewed by council officers.

The Port of Sale East Bank Redevelopment Study will guide future land use and development on the site, which was previously occupied by the Sale High and Specialist schools.

A planning scheme amendment to rezone land adjacent to West Sale Airport for industrial use is set to return to council next month for approval.

The amendment was exhibited for public comment in March and April.

A planning scheme amendment to correct a mapping error has been approved by the state government.

The amendment applies to the heritage overlay over the entire Yarram Butter Factory.

The state government is still seeking to resolve the issue of removing native title on the site of the former Sale Police Station.

The issue is preventing the sale of the land for development.

The rezoning of the site for future development was approved in January 2016.

Council has also presented its latest performance report.

To the end of March, council had a surplus of $35.3 million, more than $10 million ahead of budget for this time of year because of grants received for future projects.

Sixty-seven capital works projects are complete, 53 are underway, seven have had contracts awarded, and 14 are in pre-planning.

Construction works have been completed at the Baldwin Recreation Reserve, the home of Sale United Football Club.

This $640,000 project resulted in new designated unisex referee change rooms, new female change rooms, refurbishment of existing change rooms and accessible toilets.

An official opening will be held in May.

Meanwhile, the upgrade of the West Sale Airport runway is nearing completion, with key elements of runway asphalting and airfield lighting finished in March.