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Seville MCH building

Public notice

The former Maternal and Child Health (MCH) building located at 596 Warburton Hwy is scheduled for demolition in the coming weeks.

After reviewing the building’s condition, future community needs and ongoing costs, Council has determined that the building is no longer fit for use.

 

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The FAQ's below provide information about the building’s demolition and Council’s ongoing considerations for the future of the site.

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  • Are there any environmental or health risks with removing the building

    Are there any environmental or health risks with removing the building

    No. As with many buildings constructed in the same era, the old MCH building contains a small amount of asbestos.

    This material must be removed by certified asbestos removal specialists, who ensure appropriate safety measures are taken for neighbouring residents and properties.

  • Couldn’t the building have been used for another purpose?

    Couldn’t the building have been used for another purpose?

    Over recent years, Council has worked to create several hub-style community facilities, which accommodate for a range of groups, activities and services under one roof.

    This reduces costs to Council from maintaining multiple buildings, which in turn reduces costs to ratepayers. This also improves service experience for ratepayers, who can visit one venue for multiple reasons.

    This strategy means Council has the opportunity to investigate sale of outdated, vacant, underutilised or redundant properties. The proceeds from these sales are then reinvested into capital works in the community.

  • Has a final decision been made to sell the property?

    Has a final decision been made to sell the property?

    No. The building has been assessed as no longer suitable for community use, and the land as potentially surplus to Council’s needs, but there have been no decisions made regarding the re-zoning or sale of the property.

    Council is currently investigating the ways the site could provide the best overall benefit to the community and will consult with the community before a final decision is made.

  • What is happening with the old Seville MCH building?

    What is happening with the old Seville MCH building?

    The Seville Maternal and Child Health building, which sits beside the Community Hall, has been vacant for a number of years.

    Council acquired the property in 1945 and used the site primarily for Maternal and Child Health services, before housing community groups in the building.

    The building has remained empty since the Seville Township Group finished its lease in recent years.

    After reviewing its future needs and ongoing costs, Council determined the building was no longer fit for use and elected to have the building demolished.

    This demolition will happen within the next four weeks.

  • What will the land be used for, once the building is demolished?

    What will the land be used for, once the building is demolished?

    Council has investigated the zoning of the land and the possibilities for its use once vacant.

    The property is not reserved or zoned for recreation. Council’s Recreation and Open Space Strategy assessed the town’s open space needs and did not identify the land as being required for this purpose into the future.

    The location and characteristics of the site make it ideal to be used for residential purposes, which could provide additional housing opportunities close to the town centre.

    This includes the possibility of housing at a similar density to the surrounding area, or a higher density of buildings for a retirement-type development.

    However, any development applications made on the site would be subject to planning controls applicable to the zone, and surrounding residents would be notified as usual.

  • Where would the money from the sale go?

    Where would the money from the sale go?

    If Council does decide to sell the land, the proceeds would be added into Council’s Capital Works Program and used to fund major projects across the municipality.

    This is in line with Council’s Sale of Land Policy and ensures that Council continues to create new spaces and facilities to meet the community’s current and future needs.

  • Why is the building being demolished?

    Why is the building being demolished?

    The old MCH building is in a relatively poor structural condition and would require substantial, expensive refurbishment works to bring it up to standard.

    Though it has remained empty, Council maintains and repairs the building through its annual maintenance budget. This money could be used for other community assets.

    Council investigated relocating and donating the building for community group use, but its fragile condition meant it could not be easily moved.

  • Will I get to have a say?

    Will I get to have a say?

    Yes. If Councillors decide to investigate selling the property, the land would need to be re-zones and Council would need to formally consider the matter at a meeting.

    Members of the public will be able to make submissions on the matter and formally submit their feedback ahead of the meeting on this page. 

    You can also submit general feedback in the form below.

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