A major hurdle for the Hope Vale home ownership project is the fledgling Hope Vale Shire town planning scheme that has little or no existing scope to consider or grant the necessary development approvals for both new and existing houses for private home ownership.

To overcome this barrier, the Institute has coordinated work by a James Cook University planning expert, Dr Sharon Harwood, to develop options to amend the Hope Vale Shire Planning Scheme to recognise the scope for up to 200 rural residential lots.

The Institute and Congress gratefully acknowledge the invaluable support provided by Dr Harwood and her colleagues.

Cape York Institute has supported the Hope Vale Congress to progress the resolution of a number of critical land and housing issues between July-December.

The Institute has also worked with a James Cook University planning expert to develop options to amend the Hope Vale Shire Planning Scheme.