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.