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Government corporation bids for Kilgariff Two

 

 

Government's Land Development Corporation bids for Kilgariff Stage Two. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Image  from the Alice Springs News archive.

Uncertainty about rural subdivision continues

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Development Consent Authority says no. Will Minister say yes? A new application? Photo: Former owner of the rural block Bob Kessing, at its northern end, looking into Emily Valley, 10 years ago. Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.

 

Dept of Lands goofs in planning application

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Proposed block sizes set to spark new development row.

 

SEE UPDATE OCTOBER 24.

 

Kilgariff stage one reduced to 30 blocks

 

 

 

 

Only 30 residential blocks will be built in stage one of the new Kilgariff suburb. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Kilgariff $170K blocks, dept. on council stormwater deal

 

 

"Stormwater is no longer the enemy." That, in a nutshell, lies behind the deal between the Town Council and the NT Government over stormwater management in Kilgariff. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

PHOTO: Swale drain at Araluen Park – the answer to drainage at Kilgariff?

Council v government: Kilgariff to flood or not?

 

 

Is Kilgariff above or below the Q100 flood level? The Town Council says it is below. The NT Government says it is above. Q100 means the level of flooding likely to occur once in 100 years. The council has wiped its hands of it, yet it is a pet project of Chief Minister Adam Giles. Image: The Kilgariff land and St Mary's Creek running through it. The road on the left  is the South Stuart Highway. The road at the bottom is Colonel Rose Drive. The intersection is the south-western corner of the proposed suburb. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

UPDATE 8am Saturday: CEO's comment.

Kilgariff: housing for the people or a motza for developers?

The Territory elections are six weeks away with the price of real estate and housing, although falling, still one of the main issues.

Yet the development of the new suburb of Kilgariff, up to 1200 blocks south of The Gap, except for the head works, is still little more than a sign by the side of the Stuart Highway.

Macklin spokesperson: Dept looking at Lhere Artepe, Darryl Pearce deals to check ABA funds 'have been used appropriately'

A spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said this afternoon she understands the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs is currently looking into issues surrounding the use Aboriginals Benefit Account (ABA) funds by a company linked to the Lhere Artepe native title organisation.

The spokesperson said this was to "ensure that all ABA funds have been used appropriately.

"Grants from the ABA are made to support projects which benefit Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.”

The Alice Springs News on Tuesday reported it had obtained an email exchange revealing a bitter dispute about the purchase of shares in a company.

The exchange casts more light on the deal by an affiliate of Lhere Artepe. However, the main players are keeping mum on what appears to be an unfolding scandal.
The company, CDE Civil, collapsed soon after the majority shareholding was bought by Lhere Artepe Enterprises Pty Ltd.
ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

EXCLUSIVE: $2.5m owed by liquidated firm linked to Native Title organisation

BREAKING NEWS:

 

While Lhere Artepe remains tight-lipped about the Mt Johns
development, an industry source says the subdivision is "at practical
completion now".
It is entering the phase when service authorities – mostly the
Power and Water Corporation and the Town Council – are carrying out
final testing.
The source says the services such as power, water, sewage, roads
and drains are ultimately taken over by these authorities who then
guarantee their adequacy.
Once they are ticked off titles can be issued.
The source says it is normal for some deficiencies to be discovered
in this process: this was the case with Stirling Heights and the Golf
Course Estate, for example. These deficiencies are fixed prior to the
issue of titles.
LAE Nominees Pty Ltd – an entity linked to the native title
organisation Lhere Artepe – is the majority shareholder in the now
defunct CDE Civil Pty Ltd, as well as the holder of the development
lease, granted by the government, at Mt Johns Valley. They are two
separate entities.
Meanwhile the CDE Civil website, alive earlier this week, comes up with the message "account suspended".

POSTING WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

CDE Civil Pty Ltd, which is linked to the Native Title organisation
Lhere Artepe, owed $2.5m to 56 creditors when it was put into
liquidation on Friday last week. Alice Springs News Online learned this
from a reliable source today. The company was involved in the still
unfinished Mt Johns residential estate which followed a native title
deal between the NT Government and Lhere Artepe. According to our
source, the list of creditors is headed by the Tax Department ($1.6m), a
pipe laying company, a plumber and an electrician. A local clinic is
owed $200.

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 ...

 

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... 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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