City ex­tends lease of his­toric Cos­sack

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The his­toric Cos­sack town­site has been leased to the City of Kar­ratha for an­other three years un­der a con­tract ex­ten­sion, but a more per­ma­nent ar­range­ment for the land re­mains up in the air.

Af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Depart­ment of Plan­ning, Lands and Her­itage, the City of Kar­ratha was awarded a three­year lease ex­ten­sion for man­age­ment of Cos­sack in late June, con­tin­u­ing $120,000 in fund­ing a year, with an ex­tra $69,000 to re­flect its mod­ern value.

Coun­cil­lors for­mally ex­e­cuted the agree­ment at a coun­cil meet­ing last Monday.

The agree­ment comes af­ter the City’s pre­vi­ous 21-year lease over the town­site on sim­i­lar terms ex­pired on June 30 this year.

How­ever, the coun­cil’s longterm plan is to con­tinue ne­go­ti­a­tions and reach a more per­ma­nent, longer-term ar­range­ment over the land at Cos­sack, prefer­ably through a trans­fer of the free­hold ti­tle.

Coun­cil­lor Grant Cu­cel said he was keen to make sure the City was push­ing ahead with a more per­ma­nent so­lu­tion from the depart­ment be­cause se­cur­ing agree­ments over the his­toric town­site had been an “on­go­ing saga”.

A Depart­ment of Plan­ning, Lands and Her­itage spokes­woman said they were work­ing with the City to progress longert­erm land and her­itage plans.

“The Depart­ment of Plan­ning, Lands and Her­itage and the City of Kar­ratha have re­cently agreed to ex­tend the 21-year Cos­sack lease is­sued in 1996 for a fur­ther three years,” she said.

In May, lo­cal Roe­bourne-based not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Ngar­luma Yind­jibarndi Foun­da­tion Ltd, won a City con­tract to take over ac­ti­va­tion, pro­mo­tion and mar­ket­ing of the site.

NYFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Bruce Jor­gensen said they would pre­fer a longer-term land ten­ure ar­range­ment for the sig­nif­i­cant ac­ti­va­tion plans be­ing de­vel­op­ing for the site, which in­clude a busy events cal­en­dar, guided tours, artist-in-res­i­dence pro­grams and the es­tab­lish­ment of a Liv­ing Her­itage Vil­lage.

For­mer Whim Creek man­ager Bob Bon­giorno is due to be­come the new NYFL Cos­sack site man­ager, while two new NYFL care­tak­ers ar­rived at the site last Monday.

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