The Gallop Government has paved the way for the development of highly sought-after home sites in Port Hedland following in-principle agreement with the area’s traditional owners.
At the same time, the Government will work with stakeholders to investigate future potential land releases in South Hedland, and will focus on redeveloping land to improve the amenity of the South Hedland area.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan today announced an in-principle agreement with the Kariyarra people, which would allow development of residential land at Pretty Pool, providing home sites for Port Hedland.
As part of the agreement, the Kariyarra people - the traditional owners of the land - would withdraw their objection to the development in exchange for a package of significant economic benefits.
“The in-principle agreement is a win-win result for the Port Hedland community - homes will be built and the Kariyarra people will have the opportunity to participate in the economic growth of the town,” Ms MacTiernan said.
The 19ha site is expected to yield about 180 lots.
Ms MacTiernan said the recent Enquiry by Design workshop, involving more than 140 Port Hedland residents and stakeholders, identified Pretty Pool as vital in meeting the town’s short to medium-term housing needs.
“The Pretty Pool development will help ensure that the town’s residential requirements keep pace with the area’s increased economic activity,” she said.
The Department for Planning and Infrastructure, LandCorp, and the Town of Port Hedland will now work together to progress the planning and development of the subdivision, which is subject to the normal State and local planning and environmental approvals processes.
Subject to the necessary planning and environmental approvals, works should start by late 2005, with the first lots available for purchase early in 2006.
In terms of South Hedland, the Enquiry by Design process emphasised the importance of balancing development between Port Hedland and South Hedland and the need to revitalise South Hedland.
Ms MacTiernan said the State Government would bring LandCorp, BHP Billiton and the Department for Housing and Works together to review and implement a strategy for addressing land release and amenity issues in South Hedland.
“We have a great opportunity to combine LandCorp’s development expertise with BHP Billiton’s acquisition and upgrade plans for the benefit of the South Hedland community,” she said.
The Minister said LandCorp would conduct a workshop involving all mining companies and stakeholders to review the housing requirements of Port Hedland’s population to determine the type of development most needed.
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