Make yourself at home in the Mallee with $2000 blocks of land

WELCOME: District Council of Karoonda East Murray acting CEO Katrina Fromm and mayor Caroline Phillips encourage homebuyers to come to Karoonda. Photo: Dani Brown.
WELCOME: District Council of Karoonda East Murray acting CEO Katrina Fromm and mayor Caroline Phillips encourage homebuyers to come to Karoonda. Photo: Dani Brown.

A subsidy on selected residential blocks of land in Karoonda is set to benefit both home buyers and the town, according to the district's mayor.

The Building Karoonda subsidy sees a 90 per cent cash rebate on 17 blocks of residential land currently owned by the council, which means each allotment would cost between $1450 and $1650 after the rebate.

Anyone who buys a block must start building their house before March 31 next year.

District Council of Karoonda East Murray mayor Caroline Phillips said it was the perfect opportunity to build a dream country home.

"Building a dream home in the country might appear out of reach for people, especially in the current economic climate, but we're putting out the welcome mat to give them that opportunity to start their new life here in Karoonda," she said.

"We hope to attract new families or have new trades, to boost the population and potentially services to the town."

The 17 blocks include 12 in the Ponderosa Estate and five others on Mickan Court and Coads Road.

She said it would provide openings for many who may not have been able to afford to build beforehand.

"We would love to see young couples or families take up the offer and set themselves up in our community," she said.

"With our new childcare centre, increasing investment in our district and the vibrancy that has flowed from initiatives such as our silo art, Karoonda is an attractive place to call home.

She hoped it would also encourage more people to start businesses in Karoonda.

"We'd also welcome skilled workers - especially tradies - who could establish businesses or take up employment opportunities locally to service our area," she said.

"It's been some time since we had a local plumber, for example, and it would be brilliant to have more people with these skills in our area."

With coronavirus forcing many to work from home, it has opened some people's eyes to the opportunity of living somewhere they may not have otherwise thought possible.

"We're a relaxed, welcoming community and we have a lot to offer people who are ready to join us."

If first home buyers decide to build and combine the Building Karoonda land subsidy with the federal government's HomeBuilder incentive of $25,000 and the First Home Buyers Grant of up to $15,000, they could save as much as $54,850, according to the council.

There has already been a large amount of interest in the land, with more than 15 people on a waiting list.

Anyone interested in applying for one of the blocks can call the council on 8578 1004 or visit www.dckem.sa.gov.au

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