Council progresses proposal to kick-start transformation of Queanbeyan

Published on 25 October 2018

Dutton's Cottage

Council has agreed to progress a proposal to sell a number of surplus Council-owned sites on the corner of Rutledge and Crawford Streets to Downtown Q Pty Ltd (DQPL) to the next stage, in accordance with the Unsolicited Proposals Guidelines and Heads of Agreement previously signed between the two parties.

The sites in Rutledge and Crawford St are currently occupied by Council staff, however with the redevelopment of Council’s Queanbeyan administration building in Crawford St they will become vacant and surplus to Council requirements.

Stage 2 of the Unsolicited Proposals Guidelines requires DQPL to provide Council with a detailed proposal.

The proposal includes the sale of sites on the corner of Rutledge and Crawford Street, including heritage-listed sites Dutton’s Cottage and the old Fire Station. The proposal has three stages, including a Serviced Apartment Hotel, repurposed reception and a restaurant/café, and development of residential townhouses.

The redevelopment of the two heritage buildings on Crawford Street will need to meet heritage requirements.

As part of the development, a Deed of Agreement will be entered into providing for the construction, by DQPL, of public domain and other civic works to the equivalent value of the Council-owned sites in accordance with the themes established in the 2018 Queanbeyan CBD Master Plan.

“Housing our staff in one building is extremely important for the efficiency of the organisation. For a number of years, Council staff have been housed in 11 buildings around the CBD,” Queanbeyan-Palerang Mayor, Cr Tim Overall said.

“Building a new office has brought up the opportunity for the sale and redevelopment of these properties that have been used as Council offices. This is a great chance to re-invigorate the CBD.”

The sale of the sites will be determined by independent valuation, after the proposed development application is assessed by the Joint Regional Planning Panel.

A Deed of Agreement will be developed to provide for staging of the works, with penalties for non-performance or late delivery of the proposal.