- EOI and Request for Proposals close for 15,000ha irrigable agricultural land
A Request for Proposal and Expressions of Interest for about 15,000ha of new agricultural land released as part of the State Government’s Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project have now closed.
Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said 14 proposals had been received from local, national and international parties interested in developing land for a variety of crops in the Ord Valley near Kununurra.
“Local business people and representatives of Traditional Owners have advised that some potential purchasers have consulted widely with them, and we take that as a positive sign,” Mr Grylls said.
“We are aiming to have development leases in place so some farmland development can start this year, while the road and irrigation infrastructure is being completed.
“I know the Miriuwung Gajerrong people are keen to start development on their new lands as quickly as possible.”
The Minister said proposals would now be assessed by an advisory panel appointed under the Land Administration Act. They would make recommendations to Government following completion of due diligence on submissions received and receipt of expert advice on areas such as financial capability, proven experience, industry expansion and regional benefits.
An announcement on the preferred proponents for all three land release areas is anticipated in the next four months
- Requests for Proposals for 7,400ha in the Goomig Farm Area opened in Nov 2011
- EOIs sought for about 6,000ha on Knox Plain and 1,700ha on Ord West Bank
- Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project engages Miriuwung and Gajerrong Traditional Owners in meaningful business partnerships and employment opportunities
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