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What does community land status mean?
Under the Local Government Act 1999 (SA), all local government land (except roads) that is owned by Council or is under the care, control and management of Council is classified as community land. Land that is community land cannot be disposed of (i.e. sold or transferred) unless it has been excluded from this classification or revoked.
What is the process for the revocation of the community land classification?
On 15 December 2020 Council resolved to commence the process to revoke the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land from its classification as community land and to undertake public consultation.
Public consultation will close on 29 March 2021 at 5pm. Following the close of the public consultation a report will be presented to Council incorporating the outcomes of the public consultation. If Council decides to proceed with the community land revocation it will formally seek approval from the relevant Minister to revoke the land. The Minister will then consider the proposal and decide on the merits of the application. Respondents to the public consultation process will be advised following the decision of Council.
Subject to the approval of the Minister the Council will pass a resolution to revoke the community land classification.
Is Council proposing to sell the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land? If so, how will Council use the proceeds from the sale?
Council is proposing to offer the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land for sale and redevelopment by way of an open expression of interest/ tender process. This will enable a mixed-use development supporting catalytic investment within the City East precinct.
Proceeds from the sale of the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land will be transferred to the City of Adelaide’s future fund for the purpose of funding the future purchase of new income generating assets or to fund new capital works of a strategic nature for broader community benefits.
Why is Council proposing to sell the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land?
Investigations associated with the Strategic Property Review identified the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land for sale and redevelopment.
The Strategic Property Review, a key action of Council’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, examines the performance of Council’s property assets. The review considers the disposal of under-performing assets as well as opportunities to leverage existing property assets for income generating and city shaping initiatives, enabling greater public value for ratepayers and the community.
The Strategic Property Review identified that the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land while supporting City recreation represents an under-utilisation of the property with limited financial return to Council. The existing beach volleyball facility has been in operation for over 20 years based on a subsidised lease arrangement with the City of Adelaide.
Sale and redevelopment of the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land will support a mixed-use development enabling an improved alignment with Council’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, namely:
More broadly, the redevelopment will act as a catalyst supporting employment and economic activity within the City East precinct. This is in addition to opportunities for ground level retail and associated public space offering improved activation and amenity within this part of the City.
What is proposed to be built on the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land?
The revocation of the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land will enable sale and redevelopment for a mixed-use development including ground level retail activation. Desired outcomes to inform the redevelopment of the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land include:
The desired outcomes will provide guidance with respect to the expression of interest/ tender process.
What are the potential affects of the proposed sale and redevelopment of the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land?
Redevelopment of the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land is expected to have the following affects:
What is proposed for the adjoining Pirie Flinders UPark?
The expression of interest/ tender process for the sale and redevelopment of the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land will also allow for the adjoining Pirie Flinders UPark to be considered as a value-add opportunity enabling the potential for a larger precinct outcome.
Council will gauge market interest through the expression of interest/ tender process and consider how the Pirie Flinders UPark may add value to the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land. This will include consideration of the broader benefits for Council, its ratepayers and the community.
What will happen to existing tenants?
Sale and redevelopment of the Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land will require the relocation of the existing beach volleyball facility. Council will assist in a facilitation role to connect Volleyball SA with potential relocation opportunities.
Council will also work with existing tenants within the Pirie Flinders UPark should Council decide to dispose of the asset. Council will assist tenants to make informed decisions around how they might relocate their business within the City should it be required.
How do I provide my feedback?
Feedback can be provided:
Contribute your feedback via the Online Survey.
Email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written submissions can be sent by email to email@example.com or posted to:
Pirie Street Volleyball Courts land – Community Land Revocation
GPO Box 2252, Adelaide SA 5001
All submissions must be received by 5.00pm, 29 March 2021.