Rents to stay same at Balcombe Heights

THE Hills Council will not raise the rent at Balcombe Heights Estate.

A possible rent rise was flagged as part of the council’s newly adopted Balcombe Heights Estate conservation management plan.

During debate Cr Ryan Tracey said he supported the estate being maintained as ‘‘community lands’’.

Councillors Mark Taylor, Andrew Jefferies and Yvonne Keane said they too preferred to retain the  rent scales — and uses.

Cr Keane said if rents were raised, tenants such as Lifestart early childhood intervention and Woodbury Autism Education and Research  might  not be able to operate.

Connie Keith, who chairs  the  Balcombe Heights Estate Committee, said she was pleased.

The management plan referred to possible revenue opportunities. These included as an on-site cafe or restaurant, equipment hire, market days and outdoor cinemas.

‘‘These are fine because they bring people into the estate for leisure, and this may engender in them in an interest to come back and see and hear about other things that go on in the estate,’’ Ms Keith said.

She did not support  establishment of an early childhood health service, health consulting rooms/preventative ageing centre, or respite day care centre at the estate.

■ 2012-13 financial year:  Projected  estate income and expenditure is $315,740 and $1,026,000,  respectively. 

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