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Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

    Housing development for elderly Pilbara Aboriginals

    Friday, 1 February 2013
    • State Govt releases land for proposed retirement development in South Hedland
    • New units to address affordable housing issues

    The State Government has approved the conditional sale of unallocated Crown land in South Hedland following a proposal to develop nine one-bedroom units for the elderly Aboriginal people of the Yinhawangka, Banyjima and Nyiyaparli (IBN) Aboriginal communities.


    The proposed development was submitted by the IBN Corporation through a call for expressions of interest. The corporation is trustee of the IBN Foundation.


    Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the land allocation supported the efforts of ongoing housing development projects occurring in the region and the State Government had agreed to sell the land at a nominal value to further support the development.


    “The Government is working collaboratively with the local indigenous people to ensure housing shortages are addressed and to also strengthen and support the development of sustainable regional communities,” Mr Grylls said.


    “The new units will not only assist in addressing affordable housing issues in the region, but IBN also plans to utilise Aboriginal graduates of the Pundulmurra Campus of Pilbara TAFE to work as apprentices on the development.”


    IBN has proposed that the properties will be managed by not-for-profit organisation Foundation Housing - one of the major affordable housing providers in Western Australia.


          Fact File

    • In 2012, State Govt to deliver more than 7,000 new lots in Pilbara
    • State Govt’s Royalties for Regions invested $77million on revitalisation of South Hedland Town Centre
    • Liberal National Govt’s Pilbara Cities program investing in new housing and amenities to build vibrant, liveable communities

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