Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    More land and housing opportunities in Hedland

    9/05/2008 12:00 AM

    Three new land development opportunities have been announced for Port Hedland as part of the State Government’s accelerated land release program in the Pilbara.


    Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced that planning and environmental approvals had now been obtained for the next stage of the Pretty Pool residential estate.


    “Construction should be under way in a few of months and will deliver 76 single lots and two group housing sites, altogether producing more than 150 dwellings,” Ms MacTiernan said.


    “Of these lots, 35 will be released by public ballot in August.


    “The other lots will be allocated to Government agencies and resource companies to house key employees, with the group housing lots sold to developers.


    “Planning and environmental approval applications have now been lodged for stage three.”


    Medium Density and Mixed Use Development


    Ms MacTiernan said LandCorp would seek tenders to develop up to 60 medium-density dwellings, together with retail and commercial spaces in the first stage of the Pretty Pool estate.


    “We are looking to provide a wider choice of housing types in Hedland on a site that offers mangrove and ocean views and will be part of a community that offers exceptional lifestyle with quality landscaping and public facilities,” she said.


    “The successful developer will be chosen not just on price, but also on design quality including the incorporation of energy and water efficiency.”


    New residential estate


    “In response to approaches from within the community, we have decided to give developers an opportunity to further develop proposals to create a residential estate on 120ha of unused land bounded by Cooke Point Drive, Styles Road and Wilson Street,” Ms MacTiernan said.


    The Minister said the Government would invite developers to investigate the scope for such a project.


    “This is tidal land that is currently zoned rural, and it presents significant environmental heritage and engineering challenges, but we are willing to give the idea consideration,” she said.


    “The successful developer will need to present a quality residential development concept that is sympathetic to the heritage and environmental values of the site and surrounding areas.


    “We would be looking for an equal partnership with Government that provides a high quality development.”


    Local MLA Tom Stephens said the new residential developments, combined with land release and urban development in South Hedland, would provide a huge boost for the rapidly growing regional centre.


    “These projects have enormous potential to strengthen Hedland as a strong and sustainable community, by attracting new investment and new long-term residents,” Mr Stephens said.


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