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PROJECT FAST FACTS
Cost $415 million (including $220 million for the Ord Irrigation
Care factor It’s a boost for one of the State’s most important regional centres.
City impact Will create new residential developments, industrial areas and
Timeline To be announced.
Social and community infrastructure will address regional issues
As part of the Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project, many of WA’s most
northern towns are undergoing master-planning and revitalisation projects.
This $415 million expansion project has two components, the first being the East
Kimberley Development Package (EKDP). Keen to address the economic and
social disadvantage with the indigenous population and further inadequacies
in social and community infrastructure, the Federal Government has invested
$195 million across various projects in the East Kimberley as part of this package.
The second part is the Ord Irrigation Expansion Project, which will increase
the size of the irrigation area from 14,000ha to about 22,000ha. Intent on
establishing themselves as vibrant regional centres in the East Kimberley area,
towns such as Kununurra are leading the way in forward thinking as they prepare
for a growth in resource, agriculture, tourism and retail industries. Beginning
with an ‘enquiry by design’ process more than two years ago, Urbis – a consulting
firm that provides research and analysis on major land use – prepared a plan for
the Kununurra town centre, a strategy plan for the broader area (above) and
an implementation framework for both. Urbis director of planning and design
Marion Fredriksson says the approach was centred on a collaboration between
the Shire of Wyndham/East Kimberley and LandCorp. “We liaised with all the
people who were looking after infrastructure issues, local community members,
and the native titles owners up there to gather background data together first,”
she says. “We then ran a three-day workshop session with all the stakeholders,
and all the local community, to thrash out some solutions.” Issues included
environmental concerns, the rights of native title claimants and a fractured
population living in industrial estates that have limited community-focused
amenities. Marion says the key was to create a dialogue of possibility, backed
up with an extensive implementation plan. The outcomes are set to include
several new residential developments – including Lakeside Park and East Lily
Creek - a reinvigorated waterfront area, new industrial areas at Weaber Plain,
and a focus on tourism.
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