Pilbara Cities Initiative Includes Karratha Locals

Pilbara Cities Initiative Includes Karratha Locals

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls

First Choice For Local Business In Baynton West Land Release

Victor P Taffa

Local business owners in Karratha will be given priority access to 50 new residential lots in the latest land release at Baynton West Estate.

The lots to be released by LandCorp will range in size from 374 sqm to 626 sqm and are priced between $165,000 to $234,500.

Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the State Government was providing housing to support Karratha-based business owners and employees as part of its ‘Pilbara Cities’ vision.

“We acknowledge land supply shortages in Karratha have made it difficult for small businesses to retain staff and this initiative is intended to help address this issue.” Mr. Grylls said.

The Minister said North West MLA Vince Catania had welcomed the land release and agreed that helping small, local businesses in the region is a high priority.

Mr. Catania said the new land release was a positive first step towards building more economic and sustainable diversity in Karratha one of the major goals of the State Government’s ‘Pilbara Cities’ initiative.

An online Registration of Interest (ROI) process opened on Wednesday, October 20 and closes at 2 pm on Wednesday, November 3.

Vince Catania North West MLA

Vince Catania North West MLA

Following the close of registrations, a random draw overseen by an independent auditor, Ernst and Young, will be conducted in Perth on Thursday, November 11. Successful businesses will be notified by email on Friday, November 12.

Mr. Grylls said LandCorp will use an online ROI random draw process as the fairest and most equitable method for allocating lots in high demand.

“The process, which has been used successfully overseas, is open and transparent and affords everybody the same level of opportunity, provided they meet the conditions that apply.” the Minister said.

“Online registrations allow potential purchasers to apply on an even footing with others rather than on a first come first served basis.”

Mr. Grylls said that through Baynton West, LandCorp is set to deliver a significant amount of new land and more housing choice for the people of Karratha.

“The next land release at Baynton West will be 100 residential lots aimed at first home buyers and then owner occupiers and is expected to take place in November 2010.” Mr. Grylls said.

“In total LandCorp will eventually release 450 lots, which also includes 150 house and land packages and a 20 home Display Village.”

“In addition, a further 220 dwellings will be built by Auzcorp on the four hectare Lot 365 at Baynton West.”

“Once fully developed, Baynton West will be an attractive new suburb supporting more than 1,100 homes.” Mr. Grylls said.