Site to be leased, but tenant secret for now

David Braithwaite

A LEASE for the site of the former Sale Visitor Information Centre has been established, but its future use hasn’t been made known to the public.

Wellington Shire Council will establish a lease of up to 21 years for the 2500 square metre piece of Crown land on Foster St, adjacent to the Sale Motor Village.

The identity of the lessee is secret as the arrangement is “commercial in confidence”.

Council manages the land on behalf of the state Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

After the Visitor Information Centre relocated to the Port of Sale in January 2018, council sought expressions of interest for the lease of the site.

In 2019, a heads of agreement was signed with a prospective tenant.

Council has received approval in principal to proceed from DELWP.

Under the agreement, rent will be at market value.

Works to facilitate the use of the land and 220 square metre building are proposed including driveway access and modifications to the building.

The lease will allow other site improvements, which will require consent from council.

The property is in commercial two zoning and is subject to a number of overlays.

The proposed use is consistent with the planning controls, but the lessee will be required to satisfy relevant planning application approvals and conditions as part of the development of the site.

Councillor Ian Bye said it was good to fill another building in Sale, in such a good location.

“I can’t announce who is actually going into that building, but we look with anticipation to see when the signs go up and see what’s actually in there,” he said.