Feds put up $1m to assist Gorge home ownership
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.”