Colac Otway Shire Council’s masterplan for the former Colac High School site is on hold, as it is at loggerheads with the State Government over acquisition of the land.
The Victorian School Building Authority agreed to give the council a 2.5-hectare parcel of land at the north of the site for community use but rejected the council’s offer to buy a further five hectares, indicating it would prefer to sell the entire six hectares of remaining land.
The extra portion of land is the at the front of the site and includes the heritage-listed former quadrangle building.
The council’s development and community services general manager Ian Seuren said the council was assessing its options before deciding if it should go ahead with the purchase.
“We are waiting for a valuation of the land including the building to understand the cost implication for council, not only the initial purchase price but the ongoing costs,” he said.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.