Shellharbour council to debate Lamerton deal

Lamerton House.

Lamerton House.

A legal agreement between Shellharbour City Council and Stockland relating to a potential sale of Lamerton House will be the subject of a confidential council meeting on Tuesday.

Three councillors, Peter Moran, Helen Stewart and Kellie Marsh, have called for the extraordinary meeting so councillors can receive a report on the agreement.

The proceeds from the sale of Lamerton House will be put towards the $57 million Shellharbour City Hub project.

In June, some councillors expressed concerns they would be asked to make key decisions on the future of the hub without all information available to them.

While councillors had been informed an agreement of some kind existed between the council and Stockland, none had seen any details.

Cr Peter Moran said Lamerton House was an asset that because of its value should be sold by open tender, and the council was not acting in good faith if one of the potential participants in the process had the inside running.

Cr Moran said that at Tuesday's meeting, which starts at 4.30pm, he would be seeking an explanation from council staff as to why the council entered into the agreement, what the benefits were for the council and what the implications would be for the funding of the hub.

"Having now read the agreement I am hoping to convince the other councillors that this is a bad deal," Cr Moran said.

The council aims to get $35 million from the sale of assets to put towards building the hub.

Last year, Shellharbour councillors agreed to sell 1.38 hectares of land on Pioneer Drive, Oak Flats, to Transport for NSW for $1.58 million for a commuter car park.

Other properties earmarked for sale to fund the hub are the former council chambers and administration centre in Warilla and a 42.25-hectare site that sits between the western edge of Albion Park and Tullimbar Village, which has development approval for 284 housing lots and three super lots.

A development application for the hub building, which is currently being assessed, will be determined by the Joint Regional Planning Panel.

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