18/09/2007 - 22:00

Landbank offers Denham site

18/09/2007 - 22:00

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Landbank offers Denham site

The state government is seeking expressions of interest from tourism developers on a six-hectare piece of coastal land at Denham in the Shark Bay area.

The property is the third being offered to developers as part of its Landbank policy to provide 20 pre-approved sites in key tourism precincts within the next three years.

The developments range from luxury resorts to caravan parks and wilderness lodges, catering for the accommodation needs of a variety of tourists.

Two sites have already been released – Mt Hershel on Rottnest Island and a 4ha site located above the Tom Price township, 50 kilometres west of the Karijini National Park.

Albany is the next location for such a release, expected early next year.

The state, through Tourism WA, is seeking experienced developers and tourism operators to construct high-quality tourist facilities – such as a hotel or short-stay accommodation.

Those seeking to develop at Denham have a range of options, from a freehold purchase to a general lease of 21 years with a 21-year option to extend.

Under three of the scenarios available, settlement is delayed until the development is completed.

For a freehold purchase or purchase lease with deferred settlement, the developer has a four-year time frame within which the development is expected to be completed.

Expressions of interest do not have to be for the whole site, which has views across to Dirk Hartog Island.

The Shark Bay site permits 20 per cent of the land for residential dwellings and has a 4.5 metre height restriction.

An adjacent site can have up to 300 residential lots on it and, along with the Landbank site, is at the north of the town earmarked for future development.

Denham is the key town for the Shark Bay area, which receives more than 100,000 tourists a year.

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