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Orange City Council will pursue the possible purchase of a car park from State Rail, even though it has been angered by the authority's response to its initial purchase inquiries.
RAILROADED: Orange City Council will investigate the feasibility of purchasing the Endsleigh Avenue car park from State Rail.
Photo: JUDE KEOGH
The council has leased up until now the 90-space car park in Endsleigh Avenue, adjacent to the Orange railway station.
However, State Rail recently advised the council the lease had expired. It said if the council wanted to renew the lease, the rent would be increased by 5000 per cent over the next five years, from $300 to $15,000 per year.
The council spent almost $60,000 building the car park.
State Rail has told the council if it wants to pursue the purchase, it will have to pay a non-refundable deposit of $1650 to start the process.
However, there would be no guarantee a sale would be approved. And if it was, the council would face a further $11,000 in fees, in addition to the purchase price.
At the latest meeting of the council, Deputy Mayor Peter Hetherington moved the council advise State Rail it was interested in pursuing the purchase.
Central West Daily
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