The State Government has delivered on a promise to build 400 new houses for government workers in regional Western Australia.
An 18-unit complex in Halls Creek includes the 400th Government Regional Officer Housing (GROH) property and 58th non-government organisation (NGO) property constructed under the Housing Our Workers initiative, funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
The GROH program provides houses for key government workers such as police, nurses, teachers and child protection officers in regional WA.
Housing Minister Bill Marmion said the initiative was crucial as a shortage of affordable housing in regional locations had a significant impact on the government’s and NGOs capacity to accommodate employees.
The Halls Creek complex consists of 14 two-bedroom and four three-bedroom double storey units.
They will house employees from the Department for Child Protection, Department of Education, Department of Corrective Services and a number of NGOs.
“The delivery of this complex, and others like it, ensures that these workers can now afford to live and work in the communities they support,” Mr Marmion said.
Mr Marmion said the properties helped government agencies and NGOs attract and retain quality people to positions in regional areas.
“It has ensured many regional towns remain viable and sustainable, and that government and community services can continue to be delivered effectively,” he said.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the $235million GROH program, funded through Royalties for Regions, had been extremely successful in delivering suitable and affordable housing in regional locations across the State.
“This has been a major undertaking,” Mr Grylls said.
“Over the past five years the Royalties for Regions program has funded the construction of 458 properties in 69 local government areas across eight regions.”
The towns where most properties have been constructed include Karratha, Newman, Carnarvon, Derby, Kununurra, Mount Barker, Katanning and Kalgoorlie.
The GROH 400 project is a $200million program providing accommodation for 400 government workers across the State
The NGO Housing Strategic Intervention is a $35million program providing 58 houses in the North-West for the employees of 36 NGOs
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