Final Outcomes

A report was presented to the Asset Management Committee on Monday 18 May, 2020 and the following motion was endorsed by Council on Monday 25 May 2020:


1. That Council agree to an extension of term for a period of 10 years for the current West Lakes Princess Cruises Licence Agreement, composed of two consecutive five year terms.

2. That Council delegate authority to the Manager for Open Space, Recreation and Property to negotiate and execute all documentation attributed to the extension of term and subsequent assignment to the new owners.

Consultation Update

The consultation period has now closed and we would like to thank you for your feedback.

Staff will now review the submissions and a report will now be presented to the Asset Management Committee on Monday 18 May, 2020. The Agenda and a copy of the report will be available for viewing after 4:00pm on Thursday 14 May, 2020 and can be viewed here.

Should you wish to make a formal deputation in relation to this matter – please review and complete the deputation request and return to Council before 10am Monday 18 May 2020.

Information relating to making a deputation and forms can be viewed on the link below:

Background Information

The waterway known as West Lakes is owned by the State Government but is under the care and control of Council, with a 99 year Ministerial Agreement in place. The Agreement between the (then) Minister for Marine and Waterways and Council, dating to the 1980s, grants permission for Council to issue Licences and control the use of the waterway in line with legislation, Local Government Land By-Laws and Council Policy.

The cruises on West Lakes have been in operation for more than thirty years. The current owner-operators of the West Lakes Princess have requested an extension of term to plan future operations of the business and a further ten years (as two consecutive five year terms) are sought as an extension to their existing Licence.

A report was presented to the Asset Management Committee on Monday 16 March 2020 to commence community consultation. A copy of the report is available here.

Community Consultation

We are now seeking your feedback regarding the formal application received seeking an extension of the existing Licence term for a period of 10 years, drawn as two consecutive five year renewals. No change to activity, nor the times or area of activity are proposed.

As directed by Section 202 of the Local Government Act, 1999, community consultation must be undertaken where the proposed alienation of land extends for a period of more than five years.

To provide your feedback use the feedback box located on this page, click here or send your written submission to:

Commercial Property Management Officer

PO Box 1