Coun­cil must make big calls on Cos­sack

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor

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.

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