Council owns a number of land parcels across the local government area (LGA) and also has the responsibility for the care, control and management of various Crown land parcels in the LGA including:
- Community Land
Community land is for use by the general public and includes land such as a public parks, open spaces and land occupied by community groups. Land owned by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council may be classified as “community land” in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993.
- Operational Land
Operational land serves a variety of purposes that relate to Council carrying out its functions such as for sewer and water infrastructure, car parking and waste depots. Land owned by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council may be classified as “operational land” in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1993.
- Crown Land Managed by Council
There are a number of parcels of Crown land where Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has been appointed Trust Manager. Council has management responsibility for this land in accordance with the requirements of the Crown Lands Management Act 2016 and the Local Government Act 1993.
- Crown Land Devolved to Council
Council has management responsibility for certain Crown parcels that have been “devolved” to Council and are where the local cemeteries are located for instance. These parcels are managed by Council in accordance with the requirements of the Crown Lands Management Act 2016.
- Crown Land Leased and Licensed by Council
Council has management responsibility for several parcels of Crown land as a tenant of the Crown. These include areas where Council may have installed public facilities such as boat ramps.
- Land Register
Under section 53 of the Local Government Act 1993 Council is required to keep a Register of all land vested in it or under its control. Access to Council’s Land Register is provided via Council’s Property Section. Please contact the Property Section on 6581 8111 or email email@example.com if you are seeking access to the Register.
- Council Properties for Sale
From time to time Council may wish to offer Operational land owned by Council for sale. Council as a vendor must satisfy the requirements of the Local Government Act while obtaining the best return for our ratepayers.
When a Council property is to be sold, usually Council will call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from the public. These EOI’s are advertised on Council's website, in local newspapers and via Tenderlink. Formal enquiries for the lease of Council property can be directed to the Property Section on 6581 8111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sale of Properties to Council
Anyone wishing to enquire whether Council might be interested in purchasing their property should direct their enquiry to the Property Section on phone 6581 8111 or email email@example.com
Leasing and Licensing
Council owns a range of properties which are leased to commercial operators, community groups and individuals. These assets are managed to either provide facilities to the community or to provide a commercial return to Council.
When a Council commercial facility becomes vacant, usually Council will call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) or tenders from the public for the tenancy. These opportunities are advertised on Council's website, in local newspapers and via Tenderlink.
Enquiries for the lease of Council property can be directed to the Property Section on 6581 8111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Commercial activities on Council-managed land
Council issues Licences for people who operate a commercial business on Council managed land, including Crown and Council owned land. Examples are learn to surf operators and personal fitness trainers. For more information, including how to apply please refer to Commercial activities on council managed land
- Outdoor Dining
Council issues Approvals for cafes and restaurants to operate outdoor dining on Council’s footpaths and road reserves. For more information, including how to apply please refer to Approval to use road or footpath space for outdoor dining.
- Outdoor Trading
Council issues Approvals for businesses to operate outdoor trading on Council’s footpaths and road reserves. Anyone wishing to enquire about fees or how to apply should direct their enquiry to the Property Section by calling 6581 8111 or emailing email@example.com
- Statutory Property
Council’s Property Section is responsible for undertaking various transactions on behalf of Council and members of the public that include: easements, boundary adjustments, acquisitions, road closures and road and reserve naming.
More information on property acquisitions can be found on this NSW Government website - Property Acquisition | (nsw.gov.au) and in the NSW Government Land Acquisition Information Guide in pdf in the Related Information Section on this webpage.
Applications for the closure of a Crown Road are processed by the Department of Industry – Lands & Forests, PO Box 2215 DANGAR NSW 2309. The Department should be contacted directly in relation to a proposed closure of a Crown Road. More information is provided on their website.
Applications for the closure of a Council Road are processed by the Property Section of Council under the Roads Act 1993. Please refer to the Fact Sheet on the Council Road Closure Application Form683KB pdf(PDF, 683KB) for an outline of the statutory procedure for the closure of a road and the associated fees.
For further information about the use of public land in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area, please contact Council’s Property Section on 6581 8111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Road and Reserve Naming
Council is the local Roads Authority under the Roads Act 1993 and has the power to name and rename roads in the local government area. All requests for the naming and renaming of roads in the local government area must comply with the principles, policies and procedures of the NSW Geographical Names Board (GNB) and Council. Applications involve liaison with the GNB and consultation with the local community. Click on the links to view Council’s Reserve Naming and Renaming Policy73KB pdf(PDF, 73KB) and Road Naming and Renaming Policy 74KB pdf(PDF, 74KB). For more details refer to the procedure documents in Related Information.
If you would like to discuss the possible naming or renaming of a road or reserve in the local government area please contact the Property Section on 6581 8111 or email email@example.com
This page was last updated on: 24 September 2021