85 ISLANDERS PUT THEIR ‘HANDS UP’ FOR ADJOINING COUNCIL ISLAND BLOCKS
Since adopting new procedures, Redland City Council has received over 85 requests from adjoining property owners to purchase Council owned land on the four Southern Moreton Bay Islands (SMBI) of Macleay, Russell, Lamb and Karragarra.
While recent media coverage has highlighted growing land sales on the SMBI islands, council is not actively selling off its SMBI land.
Instead, the new council procedure removes the need for a separate council resolution for each request for disposal to neighbouring property owners.
Council will now write to the interested applicants with details of the new purchase process and requirements.
As part of the sale process, council-owned land sold at market valuation through this new process will be required to be amalgamated with the purchaser’s exisiting property.
Buyers must cover costs associated with the disposal, including reasonable legal costs, survey and lodgement fees.
Applicants wanting to purchase Council owned conservation zoned blocks not identified as surplus will also need to pay an assessment fee.
The fee will go towards determining if the adjoining Council property is available and suitable for sale.