Christmas Island land plan released

Media Release

FN027/2017

07 March 2017

  • Christmas Island plan will free up Crown land for new development
  • Investors are encouraged to register their interest

Christmas Island is primed for new business investment and jobs after the Australian Government announced a new land plan for the island.

The Crown Land Management Plan will be released today. The Plan sets out guidelines indicating which land is suitable for residential, commercial and industrial use.

Minister for Local Government and Territories Fiona Nash called for investors to register their interest in land on Christmas Island.

"The Crown Land Management Plan will free up land for new businesses in the central business district as well as new sites for houses and industrial use in various places around Christmas Island," Minister Nash said.

"Investors will be able to register their interest in specific pieces of land, which the Government will consider for lease or sale.

"We've spoken to several businesses who want to open or expand, which would make the island a more attractive place for tourists to visit and create more jobs for locals.

"But they need land on which to build, for example to construct new tourist accommodation.

"This is also important as it would help diversify the island's economy, making it less dependent on one or two local industries.

"Last time I visited Christmas Island, residents raised the issue of access to land with me and the importance of making land available to attract businesses and create jobs.

"Christmas Island has beautiful beaches, amazing scenery and world-class diving—we just need to get the settings right to allow business to sell that to the world."

The Plan and registration documents are available at www.regional.gov.au/territories/christmas