Council to buy up mystery Warrawong properties after closed-door debate

A new library and community centre in Wollongong’s southern suburbs could be a step closer, after councillors agreed to buy up properties on King Street, Warrawong to build it.

But, when, how much it will cost, or even where the long-awaited public building may be remains in question, as the vote and debate – as well as any cost or details of the sale – was kept behind closed doors.

At the end of the council’s final meeting for 2017, Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery sprung a confidential motion on councillors, which was not listed on the agenda ahead of the meeting.

He said the item was classified as confidential under the NSW Local Government Act, as the council report contained “commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed, prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it”.

He said this “outweighed the public interest in openness and transparency”.

According to the meeting minutes, which provide limited details, councillors voted unanimously to buy the mystery King Street properties.

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