Land De-constraint | Pilbara Regional Council
Pilbara Regional Council
Pilbara, Pilbara Regional Council, PRC
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Land De-constraint

Key Focus Area
Economic Value
About This Project

The Pilbara population has grown strongly with the major expansion of mining activity in the region, driven by a continued increase in international demand for resources.

Pilbara Cities was established 2010 to address the issues of significant growth in the region. By 2035, it aims to grow Karratha and Port Hedland into cities of 50,000 people and Newman to 15,000 people, with other Pilbara town growing into more attractive and sustainable local communities.

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The supply of land has failed to keep pace with demand, driving median house prices in some towns up by as much as 30% in the last 10 years.

This has lead to a critical shortage of appropriately zoned land and staff accommodation, as well as increases in the cost of housing and worsening affordability issues in these communities.

The Pilbara Regional Council, in conjunction with the group members, identified eight Crown Land sites that are no longer used for their purposes.

Prior to this project and Country Local Government Fund (CLGF) application, due diligence and project feasibilities were completed for each of these sites, addressing planning and engineering considerations and risk. Approval was obtained from all group members prior to seeking CLGF group funding.

This project assumes the eight nominated sites can be acquired by the relevant Local Governments from the Department of Local Governments and Lands. The Department has been briefed on the project details and letters of support have been secured.

  • Provide group members with staff housing opportunities.
  • Provide suitably located land for business opportunities.
  • Provide suitably located land for housing in regional communities.
  • Address critical shortages of appropriately zones land in key regional centres.
  • Increase housing affordability.
  • Provide job opportunities in regional communities.
  • Develop and broaden the economic base of communities.
  • Improve services to key communities.
  • Achieve the vision of Pilbara Cities.