TENDERS have been called to develop a long term strategy for the use of land acquired for the failed Tillegra Dam project.
Hunter Water Managing Director Kim Wood said a specialist consultant would be engaged to develop the strategy, which will focus on Hunter Water’s landholdings in the Williams River Valley.
He said before a decision was made on how and when to sell the land, consideration needed to be given to regional issues and options to optimise value of the land.
Local stakeholders, including Dungog Shire Council, the community and relevant government planning authorities will be consulted as part of the process.
“The Hunter community can expect that the options recommended will ensure best value of the land is achieved for the benefit of the local economy and ultimately Hunter Water’s customers,” Mr Wood said.
“Ensuring that both the community and customers benefit from this detailed review of Hunter Water’s landholdings is a number one priority for Hunter Water.’’
The process to develop the land use strategy is expected to take around 12 months to complete and will result in recommendations for consideration by the NSW Government.
It is expected a staged release of land over the long term will be considered as part of the strategy.
Hunter Water is also underway with the process to offer properties for sale to those former landowners with the first right of refusal clause in their sale contracts.
The properties continue to be leased to either former owners or new tenants, to be utilised for agriculture purposes, as it was prior to Hunter Water’s purchase.
Tender documentation is available from www.tenderlink.com.au