WA Govt, Chevron Pen Land Sale Agreement
Premier and State Development Minister Colin Barnett and Lands Minister Terry Redman have welcomed a land sale agreement between the State Government and Chevron Australia that will drive the development of hundreds of housing lots in a new estate in the Pilbara town of Onslow.
Chevron Australia has agreed to purchase 50 lots tailored to its requirements and a nine hectare site within the estate.
Chevron Australia’s commitment to the sale will enable LandCorp to commence construction of 220 lots in Stage One of the estate, providing vital new land for housing in the rapidly growing town.
Barnett said the agreement was a positive example of how the State Government was working with resources companies to secure outcomes benefiting the broader community.
“Chevron Australia and its joint venture participants are constructing one of Australia’s largest liquefied natural gas developments, the $29billion Wheatstone Project, 12km west of Onslow,” the Premier said.
“Wheatstone and other resources projects are creating thousands of jobs in the area but have also increased pressure on existing housing stock in Onslow.
“This agreement will help ease pressure and ensure that small businesses and locals have access to suitable accommodation.”
Redman said resources activity around Onslow was expected to increase the town’s population from about 700 people to 2,200 in the next three years. The Wheatstone Project will create over 6,500 direct and indirect jobs.
“This is the first major land release in Onslow in 20 years and will offer buyers fresh, modern and affordable housing options in line with the long-term Pilbara Cities vision for the town,” Redman said.
Lots are expected to be released by LandCorp for sale in mid-2014.