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Council to auction properties to recover long-standing debts

15 December, 2022

Gunnedah Shire Council will auction five properties on Friday, 31 March, 2023 to recover rates and charges that have remained unpaid for more than five years in the case of occupied land, or one year in the case of vacant land.

Gunnedah Shire Council General Manager Eric Groth said it was necessary to take the action in cases where every attempt to contact and obtain payment from the property owner had been unsuccessful.

“For these properties, this is the final step in a lengthy process to recoup rates and payments after every other avenue, including payment plans, has failed,” Mr Groth said.

“It is not something that is undertaken lightly, and is carried out in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 which stipulates Council may sell land on which a rate or charge has remained unpaid for more than five years.

“As at 9 September 2022, a total of $18,523.82 was owed on these properties by various owners, and this auction will be held to clear the total outstanding amount. All of these properties are vacant land.”

Two of the properties are in Gunnedah, and there is one property in Breeza, Kelvin and Emerald Hill.

The auction will be carried out by Lakeford Real Estate at The Civic on 31 March, 2023 at 11am.

The Local Government Act 1993 states surplus funds from the auction of properties with outstanding debts are held with Council’s Trust Fund pending discharge to persons having interest in the properties. Where no claim is forthcoming, the balance of sale proceeds is remitted to the State Government in accordance with the Unclaimed Moneys Act.

Caption: The land auction will be held on Friday, 31 March, 2023.


For more information, contact Gunnedah Shire Council’s Communications team on (02) 6740 2100.