Feds put up $1m to as­sist Gorge home own­er­ship

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE fed­eral gov­ern­ment will in­vest $1 mil­lion to fund land ten­ure re­form and in­fra­struc­ture up­grades in the com­mu­nity of Moss­man Gorge.

The Min­is­ter for Indige­nous Af­fairs, Nigel Scul­lion, and the Mem­ber for Le­ich­hardt, War­ren Entsch, an­nounced the fund­ing to sup­port the pilot project, which will be de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with the Queens­land gov­ern­ment.

“One of the most sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges to eco­nomic devel­op­ment in Moss­man Gorge is the land ten­ure ar­range­ments which ham­per home own­er­ship and busi­ness devel­op­ment,” Min­is­ter Scul­lion said.

“This pilot project will ad­dress this sit­u­a­tion through land ten­ure re­form by en­abling in­di­vid­ual in­ter­ests in land to be is­sued. Most im­por­tantly, the project will lead to bet­ter ser­vices for lo­cal res­i­dents and en­able $3.7 mil­lion in so­cial hous­ing up­grades to oc­cur.

“The project will see a full sub­di­vi­sion of com­mu­nity land and pro­vide a path­way for home own­er­ship as well as an up­grade of in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing roads, wa­ter and sew­er­age retic­u­la­tion.

“The peo­ple of Moss­man Gorge have a strong in­ter­est in pri­vate home own­er­ship, and this sub­di­vi­sion will at last make this a re­al­ity. This project will in­clude up­grades to all homes in the com­mu­nity.”

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