Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Pilbara holiday respite home a step closer

    30/09/2015 6:10 AM
    • Site confirmed at Cooke Point in Port Hedland
    • Local community liaison group established
    • Possible service providers identified

    The construction of a holiday respite home for people with disability living in the Pilbara is a step closer with the announcement today by Disability Services Minister Helen Morton and Housing Minister Colin Holt that a site in Port Hedland has been selected for the facility.


    Mrs Morton said the State Government had allocated $2.8 million funding to the project, with construction due to start this financial year.


    The 2,225 square metre site - a vacant reserve on Athol Street, Cooke Point - is a short walk to the beach and overlooks Pretty Pool.


    "The site for the Pilbara Regional Holiday Home Project is perfect.  It provides ample space for any design and is in an ideal location, close to the Port Hedland town centre and the coastline," Mrs Morton said.


    "The facility will give carers a break and enable people with disability to enjoy the same type of holidays others enjoy, in a comfortable holiday house in a beautiful beachside location."


    The Housing Authority will provide the land for the project and work with the Disability Services Commission to develop a model, construct the home and provide ongoing management of the purpose-built facility.


    Mr Holt said the authority was pleased to be working with the commission on a project that would provide much-needed respite services in the region.


    "People in the Pilbara have been saying for a long time that this service is required.  We will work closely with the commission to design and build a facility that meets the needs of local people," he said.


    A local community liaison group, established to ensure good communication between the project team and the community, has held its first meeting.


    A Registration of Interest, advertised to gauge the level of interest from the not-for-profit community services sector, has identified a number of potential service providers.


    Fact File

    • The Pilbara Regional Holiday Home Project reflects the State Government's Count Me In vision that we all live in welcoming communities which facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone

    Disability Services Minister's office - 6552 6900

    Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100