The Territory elections are six weeks away. The price of real estate and housing, although falling, is still among the main issues.
Yet the development of the new suburb of Kilgariff, up to 1200 blocks south of The Gap, is still little more than sign by the side of the Stuart Highway.
The head works – power, water, sewage etc, have been taken to the edge of the planned suburb by the government. But what happens inside seems set to remain up in the air until after the elections.
And that includes the main question: Kilgariff is public land unencumbered by native title. Will the people’s land be made available to them just at the cost of its development, inside and out, or will a developer, and the government, make a motza out of it?
MLA Robyn Lambley raised that question when she successfully stood for by-election in Araluen two years ago.
The Minister for Central Australia, Karl Hampton, dodges the question – as he does most.
So this is where we stand, according to the Department of Lands and Planning:-
Q: Will the department be in charge of selling all the land?
A: Land in Kilgariff will be offered to the development industry for the detailed design and construction of internal roads and services required to create individually titled residential allotments, under a development agreement with the Northern Territory Government.
Q: Who will the developer be?
A: The government has not yet determined who the developer will be.
Q: Will the developer be charged for the land? If so, how much?
A: Developers are typically invited to compete for development rights. These proposals consider land value and any other conditions or improvements.
Q: How much will the developer sell the blocks for?
A: We expect the end value of the blocks will be determined by market forces.
Q: Will the developer carry out the subdivision work (internal roads, power, water, sewage, etc)?
Q: Is the government going to charge the developer for the head works? If so, how much?
A: These improvements are considered in a commercial proposal to Government for development rights.