Lands Minister Ben Wyatt today announced three shortlisted proponents have been selected to potentially share in a unique development opportunity of the former Waterbank Station, 40 kilometres from Broome.
Local Aboriginal corporation Mibala Burru, Greenvale Enterprises and the leaseholders of Kilto Station each submitted a concept that diversifies the local economy, presents great benefits and opportunities for the community as well as delivering new services to the Kimberley region.
Through development of a multipurpose agricultural business, Mibala Burru propose to provide cultural education and training for Aboriginal people, develop Aboriginal businesses and contribute to the diversification of agricultural opportunities in the area through the production of bush foods, apiculture and hemp.
Western Australian developer, Greenvale Enterprises Pty Ltd propose to deliver sustainable tourism and economic opportunities for local Aboriginal people through development of an integrated tourism, cultural and leisure facility featuring eco-friendly accommodation, events, education programs and guided tours.
Adjacent leaseholders Jack and Vicki Burton have also expressed an interest in part of the land, to be amalgamated with their existing Kilto Station for the expansion of their pastoral business, that will lead to new local training and employment opportunities.
The shortlisted proponents will now work with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage to further refine their proposed venture and – in consultation with relevant local stakeholders and interest groups – determine how these proposals can potentially make the best use of more than 75,000 hectares of unallocated Crown land.
As stated by Lands Minister Ben Wyatt:
“After giving careful consideration to the submissions, I am pleased to announce the selection of these three shortlisted proponents to progress to the next stage of the process.
“Each proponent has demonstrated a commitment to delivering a range of benefits to the Broome community, and the broader Kimberley region, while staying focused on developing culturally sensitive ventures that are complementary to the area’s attributes and character.
“The proponents have also shown a commitment to reach agreement with the traditional owners about the future use of these lands.
“I look forward to seeing these proposals further fleshed out, as they have the potential to have a really positive impact on the Broome regional community.”