Western Australia Minister for Lands Brendon Grylls
More Affordable Land For Broome One Step Closer
Victor P Taffa
The need for more affordable land in Broome moved closer to being resolved last night, following the Shire of Broome’s approval of the Broome North development plans.
The State Government’s Broome North development would ultimately be home to about 13,000 people and include residential, light industrial, retail and commercial land, as well as provision for schools; and sporting and community facilities.
Western Australia Minister for Lands Brendon Grylls said the development would guarantee long-term residential land supply in Broome, ensuring enough land supply to quickly accommodate future increased demand from the local community and buyers moving north for job opportunities.
“The co-operation of a number of key stakeholders has enabled the project’s planning process to be fast-tracked.” Mr. Grylls said.
“I particularly commend the shire, the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC), LandCorp and the Yawuru traditional owners, as well as the Broome community itself, which has enabled the development to progress from initial planning to shire approval in only seven months.”
“The Planning Design Forum which kicked off the project was an innovative way of speeding up the design process while simultaneously taking the community’s views into account, ensuring a great outcome.”
WAPC consideration of the plans, the final step before construction can start, should be released in the next two weeks.
Broome Shire President Graeme Campbell said he was delighted the council had approved the plans and acknowledged the significant work involved in the planning phase of the project, as well as the community’s input.
“A huge amount of work has gone into this project behind the scenes in order to progress the development to this stage and council approval paves the way for the development to proceed.” Cr. Campbell said.
“I would also like to acknowledge the wide range of submissions from the community which were considered as part of the planning process.”
Construction was expected to start in May, with the first residential and industrial land to be released later this year.
Further stages of land would be released to the private sector through an EOI process later this year.