The release of up to 17 new farm lots totalling 7,500 hectares in the State Government’s Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project moved a major step closer today with the Federal Government granting environmental approval for the next phase of works.
The approval has given the green light for works on the new farmland area on Weaber Plain, including a main drainage channel, small distribution channels, access roads and land clearing.
Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said project manager LandCorp would in late October conduct a Request for Proposals process for lots in the Goomig Farm Area.
“The land release will suit a range of purchasers from large farming conglomerates to family businesses, both nationally and internationally and represents a major centrepiece of the Ord-East Kimberley Development Plan,” Mr Grylls said.
“The release of new irrigated farmland will enable the expansion of agricultural production and provide major opportunities for growth and sustainability for the economic and social development in the Kimberley region.”
The Minister said the State Government would simultaneously seek expressions of interest for future expansion in the Ord West Bank and Knox Plains areas.
“We are looking for private sector proponents to work with Government to obtain the required approvals over these areas to develop for agricultural use in the medium to long term. This will ensure the Ord River Irrigation Area fulfils its true potential,” he said.
Mr Grylls acknowledged the Miriuwung Gajerrong people whose signing of the Ord Final Agreement had made the Ord-East Kimberley Expansion project possible.
The multiple land release was expected to attract both national and international attention from potential purchasers looking to tap into the Ord’s reliable water supply, productive soils and ideal growing climate.
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