Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

Minister for Housing and Works; Indigenous Affairs; Heritage; Land Information

    Community building is under way at Oyster Harbour Albany

    7/02/2008 1:05 PM
     
    7/2/08

    Housing and Works Minister Michelle Roberts today officially opened the first major park and sales office at the Oyster Harbour Development, a joint venture between the Department of Housing and Works and Heath Development Company.

    “Oyster Harbour demonstrates the Government’s commitment to land supply, including land for affordable housing, first homebuyers and public housing in regional areas.” Mrs Roberts said.

    “The joint venture proposes to build houses within the estate using innovative materials.

    “I am pleased that three display homes will be built by local builders WA Country Builders, Scott Park Homes and Jaxon Residential.”

    Situated at Bayonet Head, approximately six kilometres from the Albany town site, the Oyster Harbour estate comprises approximately 206ha of land, which will provide 2,600 residential lots and several serviced commercial sites, including a retail precinct.

    Oyster Harbour is the largest single residential land construction in the Great Southern and will offer residents access to employment, healthcare and educational facilities.

    Stage One, comprising 89 lots, was pre-released for sale in December 2006. To date, 54 lots have sold for an average of $205,625. Planning approval has been granted for the further development of 540 lots, with works to commence on 60 lots this month.

    “The supply of much-needed building lots for the rapidly growing area is essential, and the joint venture is doing more than simply developing land,” the Minister said.

    “Under the joint venture arrangement, a ratio of one in 12 dwellings is progressively allocated to the Department of Housing and Works for its social housing program, with quality community infrastructure also high on the joint venture’s agenda.

    “The contract for landscape works for a 3,500sq.m park has been awarded to Landscape Development and will be completed in February 2008.”

    As well as building the park, the Joint Venture has also committed to sponsoring the Albany Surf Life Saving Club (ASLSC), the Albany Police and Community Youth Centre (APCYC) and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).

    ASLSC recently received $15,000 towards the construction of a new clubhouse, and APCYC received $7,000 to purchase gymnasium and other equipment.

    The RFDS is participating in the construction of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom Charity Home Project on-site at Oyster Harbour. The land has been donated by the joint venture and the house is being constructed by WA Country Builders.

    When completed in April 2008, sale proceeds from the charity home will go to the RFDS Flying 1000 for the fit-out of life-saving medical equipment for each new aircraft purchased.

    “I was very pleased to hear that there has been an overwhelming response from suppliers and trades who were willing to work on the Charity Home Project,” Mrs Roberts said.

    “In regional communities such as Albany, everyone has had a friend, neighbour, family member or work colleague who had been touched in some way by the RFDS.”

    Albany MLA Peter Watson said the commitment by the joint ventures to give something back to the community through sponsorship of the Surf Club and PCYC was to be commended.

    “It is a fantastic development for Albany that will see the release of more affordable residential land in a popular area for families,” Mr Watson said.

    Minister's office: 9213 6600