State Government plans to identify future land use options at Keralup

Alannah MacTiernan.
Alannah MacTiernan.

THE State Government is undertaking a Registration of Interest process to identify future land use options for a 1608ha portion of its East Keralup landholding near Mandurah.

The ROI is an invitation for the private sector to submit concept proposals for a project that will lease or partly lease portions of the site.

East Keralup’s southern part is located in the Shire of Murray and is part of the rapidly developing Peel region.

The site is about 17 kilometres south-east of Rockingham, 10 kilometres north-east of Mandurah and 20 kilometres north-west of Pinjarra.

The Government is keen to identify opportunities for passive and active recreational use of the site and wants to incorporate and maximise the area’s natural features including its topography, drainage corridors, wetlands and vegetation.

A wide range of development options and uses may be considered but they must be sensitive to the local ecology and environment.

Urban use or proposals for traditional in-ground agriculture will not be considered.

The call for ROI is managed by the Department of Communities, and submissions closes on February 1.

Housing Minister Peter Tinley said the site offered excellent potential to deliver positive environmental, economic and social outcomes that would benefit the local community, region and State for generations to come.

“In assessing the potential future uses of the site, the Department of Communities will consider opportunities to boost employment, stimulate the local economy, test innovative technologies and deliver development and infrastructure to meet the needs of government and the surrounding community.”

According to Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan, the land has great untapped potential, opening up opportunities for agricultural and other sensible development to create local jobs and industry.