Defence will seek a marketing agent to assist with the sale of the Commonwealth-owned property at 22-48 Chum Street, Bendigo Victoria known as Fortuna Villa.
Today, Senator David Feeney, the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, announced that the next steps toward selling the property would be taken.
“Defence vacated Fortuna Villa in 2008 and has deemed that the site is no longer required for Defence purposes,” Senator Feeney said.
“Fortuna will be sold in the open market in accordance with the Commonwealth Property Disposals Policy.”
The property comprises of two blocks of land, a main block containing the Fortuna Villa and other buildings and a second undeveloped block.
On 16 February 2012, the Special Minister of State, the Hon Gary Gray, AO, MP advised Defence that the disposal of Fortuna should proceed by way of an open market sale.
Senator Feeney said Defence will advertise a tender for a marketing agent later this week. The tender will be released on the AusTender website (www.tenders.gov.au) and will be categorised under Real Estate Services.
The marketing agent will be engaged to assist Defence with the sale of Fortuna, including liaison with potential purchasers.
Real estate agents both local and interstate will have an opportunity to submit an offer for services through AusTender.
Senator Feeney’s Office: Dimity Paul 0477 334 324
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