More than 160 people have been provided with affordable housing in South Hedland through the State Government’s recently completed Hedland 125 House Service Worker Intervention Package.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the $93.37million Royalties for Regions-funded project enabled 125 dwellings to be provided for workers delivering key services to the Port Hedland area.
“This initiative has supported workers who assist in the delivery of key community services across a range of industries including childcare, education, emergency services, health care, hospitality, retail, trades, manufacturing and government,” Mr Redman said.
“It is anticipated that within the next year housing supply in the town will have increased sufficiently to stabilise the market rent and allow service workers to take up other accommodation options, such as the Osprey Key Worker Village or other appropriate housing options in the private market.”
Housing Minister Bill Marmion said that all of the 125 dwellings, of which 83 were newly constructed and 42 were refurbished, would be made available to service workers for the initial term of a year, with the option of a lease extension.
“Without these affordable accommodation options, the region would be unable to provide those services essential to keep the region sustainable and the economy growing,” Mr Marmion said.
“In Port Hedland many of the service industries have unmet demand and some services are at risk of being withdrawn, so this lifeline is critical in ensuring these workers are able to secure affordable accommodation options.”
The 125 dwellings, comprised of two, three and four-bedroom homes, are managed by community housing organisation Foundation Housing Ltd under a head-lease agreement.
Royalties for Regions has allocated $355.5million over five years to 2015-16 to increase affordable housing options for key service workers in regional Western Australia.
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