Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    Civil works under way at Baynton West

    3/08/2008 12:00 AM

    Civil works, preparing 358 lots for sale in Karratha over the next six months, have started on the State Government’s Baynton West residential estate.


    Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said that contractor Downer EDI Works had now substantially completed civil works on the Nickol West estate, and would immediately commence earthworks at Baynton West.


    “We’re working as quickly as possible to get this land to market,” Ms MacTiernan said.


    “Subdivision approval was obtained in the last two weeks and we immediately gave the contractor the go ahead to commence works at Baynton West.”


    The works are expected to take around 12 months to complete.  358 lots in Stages One-Four will be released in the next six months once all the necessary statutory and native title clearances have been obtained.


    The majority of the lots are single residential blocks varying in size and price to ensure that a diversity of product is available.  Cottage lots will start from around 300sqm, with an average across the estate of 550sqm.


    More than 100 lots will be sold to the public by ballot and through house and land packages, which will offer an alternative option to buying land and sourcing a builder separately.


    Some of the lowest priced lots will be set aside for local first home buyers, with local residents given first preference for the remainder of the balloted lots.


    Approximately 50 blocks will be allocated to small business, with the balance going to native title claimants, Government agencies, and resource companies to house permanent workforce and free up other rental properties in the town.


    Up to five group housing sites, with the potential to yield over 50 units, will be tendered at the end of this month.  Two of these sites will be required to provide rental only accommodation.


    Nickol West Display Village.


    Behind the scenes work is continuing on the 12-lot display village at Nickol West.


    Designed to showcase alternative building materials and designs best suited to the Pilbara’s specific climate, the village will provide an opportunity for the public to walk through new homes and identify potential builders.


    The Minister said that six builders had already confirmed their participation in the village, and were currently submitting their designs to the shire for development application approval.


    Construction work on the houses will commence in the next few months once the necessary approvals have been obtained.  The builders include Vivendi Homes, TR Homes, Optibuild, CREC JV, 20 20 Construction and Vicon.


    The village is expected to open to the public early next year.


    Karratha Light Industrial.


    Civil works are also due to start this month on an extension of the existing Karratha Light Industrial Area.  Thirty-nine lots, ranging in size from 2,300sqm to 1.2ha will be released by tender in September.


    Ms MacTiernan said the light industrial estate would accommodate a mix of small businesses.


    “A key role of the development will be to support the construction associated with Karratha’s residential estates, including hire services, motor vehicles, marine repairs, showrooms and warehouses,” she said.


    “This infrastructure will also support the needs of the local community, as well as the mining and oil and gas industries within the region.”


    To register your interest in the Baynton West or light industrial lots, please contact Lindsay Gibson of Ray White Karratha on 9185 2444.


    Minister's office  - 9213 6400