Purchase of properties hotly debated

Councillor Nicholas Pazolli put forth a motion to defer a decision on the item to this week’s council meeting so that further legal advice and valuation could be obtained but it was defeated 8-4.

The details of the item remain confidential at this stage but Mayor Russell Aubrey said council had resolved for chief executive Shayne Silcox to proceed with negotiations.

“In line with usual business practice, the disclosure of the resolutions are commercially sensitive at this stage and if made public could compromise the City’s current negotiation position and have wider market implications,” he said.

Councillors also approved a confidential resolution in relation to a Dome Group proposal to lease land at Deep Water Point Reserve.