21/10/2009 - 12:34

Geraldton's residential development plan

21/10/2009 - 12:34

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The state government has announced plans for a development of more than 70 lots straddling the Bluff Point and Beresford suburbs, less than four kilometres north of Geraldton's central business district.

Geraldton's residential development plan

The state government has announced plans for a development of more than 70 lots straddling the Bluff Point and Beresford suburbs, less than four kilometres north of Geraldton's central business district.

Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said today that LandCorp was seeking expressions of interest from the private sector to partner in the development of 8.4ha of vacant land.

Full announcement below:

 

CALL FOR PARTNERS SET TO BOLSTER GERALDTON LAND SUPPLY

Geraldton's supply of residential land is expected to be boosted with the State Government announcing plans for the development of more than 70 lots just north of the city centre.

Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said today that LandCorp was seeking expressions of interest from the private sector to partner in the development of 8.4ha of vacant land straddling the Bluff Point and Beresford suburbs, less than four kilometres north of Geraldton's central business district.

Mr Grylls said the mostly scrubland site between Chapman Road and Great Northern Highway was owned by the State Government, but was now surplus to requirements following removal of the old railway line which had blighted the city's foreshore for decades.

"The Mid-West is on the cusp of a period of significant economic and social development and it is essential that its regional centre has an adequate supply of affordable and sustainable land," said Mr Grylls.

"Combined with existing agricultural, aquaculture and manufacturing industries is the planned $4billion Oakajee Port development and its associated resources projects, which together will prove to be a major economic and social boost for the region and Geraldton.

Mr Grylls noted that construction of the Oakajee port alone was expected to generate up to 2000 jobs over a three to four year period alone.

Mr Grylls encouraged metropolitan and regional developers to participate in the EOI which would see LandCorp and the successful candidate bringing the land to a saleable stage.

"LandCorp is looking for a development partner to transform this site into an affordable, yet vibrant residential estate featuring a diverse range of more than 100 homes including contemporary houses, apartments and villas which will appeal to differing requirements, ages, and singles or families.

"The site is about 300 metres from Champion Bay Beach, two minutes drive from the Geraldton marina and Centro Northgate shopping centre, and a further minute or two from the town's central shopping district and protected town beach," he said.

LandCorp and the selected development partner will consult with the community on the site's overall design. Public open space, comprising about 2ha of the site would play an important part in the overall plan and would include retention of the existing railway cutting and the heritage listed Gatekeeper's Cottage.

The EOI process closes at 2.00pm WST on Thursday, 12 November 2009.

Expressions of interest can be downloaded from www.landcorp.com.au/bluffpoint

 

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