THE State Government's Ord-East Kimberley Expansion Project continues to grow with Premier and State Development Minister Colin Barnett and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman announcing the release of a further two parcels of land.
Mr Barnett said the project involved the development of about 5000 hectares of Ord West Bank and Mantinea land, and was another big step in the expansion of the Ord, one of northern Australia's most significant projects.
"This land release builds on the increasing interest in agriculture in the State's north and allows the private sector to take part in building the Ord into a larger, world-class agricultural precinct," Mr Barnett said.
Mr Redman said successful development of the land would further contribute to the long-term performance of the Ord region and would increase the size of the Ord irrigation scheme area to 35,000ha.
The Ord West Bank and Mantinea land is considered to be potentially arable and suitable for irrigated agriculture.
"This is an opportunity for the State Government to engage with the private sector and develop the partnerships needed to fully realise the potential of the Ord scheme both in WA and in the Northern Territory," Mr Redman said.
He acknowledged the continuing support of the Miriuwung Gajerrong people, whose consent to surrender native title of the lands under the Ord final agreement enabled the land release.
"This is another example of Royalties for Regions investment helping to build vibrant regions with strong economies," Mr Redman said.
Requests for proposals opened on July 18 and close on October 2.
The Ord-East Kimberley expansion project is a $517 million project, with $322.5m invested by the Royalties for Regions program.