Kilgariff Stage 2 will cost $4.1m at a time when the NT's population is decreasing, house prices are falling and a big question mark hangs over the past COVID-19 era. And why was the natural scrub turned into a wasteland? ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE 12.55pm: In the denuded areas, landscape architects have been engaged to return some of the native vegetation, says the CEO of the government's Land Development Corporation, replying also to other questions from the News.
Kilgariff expansion, the spin: "Natural ground cover is preserved wherever possible and disturbance of land not directly required for development is avoided." The fact: Dozens of hectares graded barren. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
There was a small increase in the median house price, but caution is needed in calculating unit median because of low sale numbers, says L J Hooker boss Doug Fraser. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: New houses going up in Kilgariff.
Walk with ERWIN CHLANDA through the thicket of land planning, land use and government administration: You'll get to places that will make you say "what the hell," some will please you, and a few will give you a laugh. PHOTO: The new Kilgariff suburb: Almost all of stage 1A sold or under offer.
This "road closed" sign will be consigned to history soon with the opening of the first part of the suburb Kilgariff, built by the NT Government's Land Development Corporation because no private developer could be found. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Alice Springs based company Sitzler Bros has been awarded the multi-million dollar tender for subdivision works at Kilgariff, and local company Patrick Homes is the first to have put their hands up to take five lots, according to a media release from Chief Minister Adam Giles.