8 August, 2022
Shire calls for EIO following housing project announcment
The Gilgandra Shire Council has call ed for expressions of interest (EOI) following the media announcement of their partnership with ARTC Inland Rail for the long-term lease of new homes at Gilgandra’s Aero Park.
The EOI aims to understand the current
market interest, capabilities and provide
an opportunity for parties to put forward
proposals for the design and construction
of the new residential properties.
Following the EOI period, up to four
organisations will be shortlisted and
invited to put forward tenders.
Gilgandra Shire Council’s general
manager David Neeves said council is
fully aware of the current challenges facing
the construction sector and believes
the EOI process will provide an opportunity
to engage more closely with the
industry to find the best solution around
“Council has a number of construction
projects underway at the moment
and are very aware of the challenges the
sector is facing in all aspects. Material
supply and costs, labour shortages,
COVID-19 related disruptions to workforce
just to name a few.
“The EOI process prior to tender will
create a deeper understanding of the project
for contractors. It also allows council
to understand who is best positioned to
deliver the project rather than relying on
a price alone”.
Mr Neeves also says the EOI for the
housing project presents not only potential
for new partnerships with council,
but also future housing opportunities for
“The commercial agreement between
Council and ARTC is a return on investment
opportunity for the community.
The development of the new houses will
also facilitate the release of 11 additional
lots in Aero Park with further lots possible
depending on sales and demand”.
Council has recently adopted a housing
strategy that took a comprehensive
look at a wide range of issues currently
impacting the housing market in the
The strategy identified
there has been a lack of rental housing
stock in Gilgandra region for an extended
Mr Neeves says this project is not the
only action council are looking at in relation
to housing issues, but believes it will
provide a significant investment in the
market that is aimed at stimulating and
encouraging other government and private
“Council has put considerable time
and resources into understanding the
opportunities Inland Rail presents. For
several years, Council has had the vision
of the Gilgandra Region being a significant
construction hub for Inland Rail.
This housing project positions the
Gilgandra Region to be a significant hub
for professional technical staff.
“Housing and accommodation is a
common issue in nearly every community
“Council understand this project will
not directly meet the needs of the local
community in the short term, but it will
reduce competition for residential properties
for local residents.
“This is one part of the solution and we will need more people to assist address this accommodation challenge including local investors, existing accommodation providers and tourism operators, and other levels of government, and project proponents.”