Council must make big calls on Cossack
This year marks the end of the City of Karratha’s 21-year lease agreement with the State Government for the management of the historic settlement of Cossack.
The council will this year decide whether to try to obtain a new lease or purchase the land and buildings from the State.
We spend more than $500,000 a year maintaining Cossack and have done so through most of our lease period — but we do not own the buildings or land.
The City, with some generous assistance from Woodside, also refurbished and in some cases rebuilt the ruins of our “ghost town”.
Some of the land at Cossack is privately owned, and development by owners has been prevented by roadblocks like a lack of power and water, State Government approvals and flood restrictions.
The City has spent a lot of time planning for the development of Cossack and has produced a “visioning document” providing guidance for the design and location of residential buildings and new public accommodation.
The State Government has put more requirements on the City before development approval will be granted and our planners are working on this now.
We hope by the end of 2017 we will have a permanent solution.