George Cash

George Cash


    Funds committed to Carnarvon waterfront and Northwater Estate construction

    18/09/1995 12:00 AM



    The State Government has committed more than $2 million in this year's Budget to begin the revitalisation of Carnarvon's waterfront and construction of the Northwater Estate.


    Lands Minister George Cash said the site of the Fascine development project had to be cleared under the Federal Native Title Act before LandCorp could commence the residential canal development.


    He said native title clearance and taking possession of the crown land by LandCorp was expected to occur early next year.


    The $10 million first stage of the Fascine project included developing the canal system with up to 160 residential lots and sites for a resort and two caravan parks.


    "The Government recognises the important role this project will play in the future development of Carnarvon and the entire Gascoyne region," Mr Cash said.


    "The project will make much-needed land available for exciting new residential, recreation and tourism facilities."


    Mr Cash said the State Government had endeavoured to ensure all the necessary planning and development approvals had been processed quickly and efficiently.


    He said legislation to amend the Public Works Act, which would complement the Native Title Act, was currently before Parliament.


    "The Public Works legislation will allow acquisition of native title rights over crown land required for the Fascine development," Mr Cash said.


    "While there have been no native title claims, the land must still be cleared under the Native Title Act before it can be transferred to LandCorp and development can start."


    Mr Cash said community consultation was an integral part of all LandCorp projects.


    "LandCorp and the Shire of Carnarvon are working closely with the Aboriginal community to establish an agreement on employment and training opportunities that will arise out of the development," he said.


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