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Hampton mum on Kilgariff suburb

ABOVE: The $10m headworks for the Kilgariff suburb well under way but no word yet on the development deal.

 

The NT Government is spending $10m on headworks for the new suburb of
Kilgariff, but still hasn't made up its mind – or won't tell – how the
1200 block project will be developed.

The usual process for opening up public land for private housing is
for the government to call tenders. The winner then puts in the internal
services – roads, water, power, sewage, and so on, in accordance with
government specifications.

The best guess for this development cost per block is $60,000.

The developer then gets to sell the blocks for whatever he likes – the going rate till recently has been $300,000.

A nice little earner, but no great help for the – at least then – drastic land shortage and the skyrocketing prices.

Robyn Lambley, when successfully campaigning for the seat of Araluen last September, was asked in an interview with the Alice Springs News whether the Kilgariff land should be sold for the development cost.

Ms Lambley said: "That could be an option. Perhaps somewhere in the
middle, between market value and the cost of development, is a good
place to negotiate."

The News asked: If it’s somewhere in the middle, who would get the profit which would still be around $100,000 a block?

Ms Lambley said: "It would go into the government coffers. You could
argue that the profit could be used for interest free loans to people
breaking into the first home owners’ market. That would be a neat little
package, really."

No matter how vital this debate is for the community, it's not an
issue that Karl Hampton, the Minister for Central Australia, will engage
in.

The News has been seeking an interview with Mr Hampton since May – no luck.

We caught up with him at the Alice Festival launch last week ...

 

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtqL-sPvCak[/youtube]

 

... and with that Mr Hampton, the only Labor MLA and Minister in Central Australia, blended into the crowd. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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