Key workers are moving into purpose-built units in South Hedland following completion of the first stage of an affordable housing development in the Osprey Key Workers Village.
The joint project to provide worker accommodation was undertaken through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions - Housing for Workers program to address low-availability and high housing costs for key workers living in the North-West.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said he was pleased that Royalties for Regions funding was helping to deliver more affordable housing opportunities in the Pilbara.
“The availability of affordable housing options at the key workers village enables employers to attract and retain the staff they need and helps build and maintain a sustainable community,” Mr Redman said.
“There are a lot of workers in the Pilbara who provide an invaluable service and they deserve an opportunity to remain in their local community if they wish.”
Housing Minister Bill Marmion said the 293 affordable rental dwellings at the workers village would be an important step towards providing affordable housing in the Pilbara, where there was a large gap between household incomes and the average cost of housing.
“Housing affordability is still a significant issue for key workers, Government employees and local businesses in the area,” Mr Marmion said.
“The Osprey Village site was fast tracked for development by the Department of Housing to meet the high demand for affordable housing, driven by ongoing resource sector activity in the Pilbara.”
The provision of the workers’ village is one of a number of Government initiatives to enable the region to attract and retain the workforce it requires to serve the community.
The 12ha South Hedland site provides fully contained, contemporary housing options for key workers set in highly attractive, well-planned grounds, designed to encourage a strong sense of community for local key workers. Fleetwood Corporation will undertake the property and tenancy management of the village.
Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 6700
Housing Minister’s office - 6552 6800