THE OPTION to buy back three waterfront blocks at Callala Beach was raised at Shoalhaven City Council’s ordinary meeting on Tuesday night.
Council forced the auction of the beachfront land in 2010 to recover unpaid rates.
The blocks were sold for $6500 each.
The land sits in the middle of council-owned bush reserve. Council’s intention was to purchase the land and incorporate it into the reserve. However council was outbid.
In May council received a development application to build a two-storey house and pool on the three consolidated blocks.
Callala residents have launched a campaign to stop the development.
Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash tabled a Mayoral Minute at Tuesday night’s council meeting calling for a full review of council’s policy on the sale of land for unpaid rates as well as a review into the processes of how land is sold.
Cr Andrew Guile amended the proposal to include the option of buying back the land.
“While it is important that we get the processes right in the policy to prevent these problems from occurring in the future, we also need to act in the best interest of the local residents who are affected by this situation.
“The only way of righting this wrong is to seek to bring that land into community ownership,” Cr Guile said.
“Anyone can review or fix a process but the real question is whether or not we as a council are prepared to make amends for this failing.
“It won’t be too long before we have the opportunity to make that decision in support of all those affected at Callala Beach and I thank my council colleagues for supporting this important amendment,” he said.