State Government to close down Wittenoom

The last three residents of Wittenoom will be kicked out and the town shut under legislation to be introduced in State Parliament today.

Lands Minister Ben Wyatt will introduce the Wittenoom Closure Bill 2019 to enable compulsory acquisition of the remaining 17 privately owned lots in the condemned former asbestos town. It is hoped a settlement can be reached with the residents rather than forced eviction.

He said the State could not in good conscience allow residents and tourists to use the area any longer.

“While it will always remain as one of this State’s darkest periods, we need to accept the reality of the situation and find a way forward,” he said.

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