Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Hon Colin Holt BSc MLC

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Panel enlisted to build new social housing

    25/11/2015 6:00 AM
     
    • Panel of builders to deliver up to 1,200 homes for WA's most vulnerable families and seniors
    • Part of the Liberal National Government's Social Housing Investment Package, announced in 2015-16 State Budget 

    The State Government has established a panel of builders to undertake design and construction work in the Perth metropolitan area for the $560 million Social Housing Investment Package (SHIP).

     

    Housing Minister Colin Holt said using a panel of builders to deliver dwellings under SHIP - and other future construction programs - would reduce cost and time for both the State Government and industry in lodging and assessing tenders.

     

    "This panel of builders will be delivering anything up to 1,200 dwellings in the Perth metropolitan area over the next two years," the Minister said.

     

    "The panel arrangement will streamline pre-construction and building works and enable more houses to be built in less time.  It will also ensure a consistent quality in design and construction, and most importantly, value for money."

     

    The Housing Authority will award design and construction packages of work to the panel members as they became available.

     

    The social housing investment package was announced in May 2015 and will halve the number of seniors and families with children on the priority waitlist by June 30, 2017, and deliver 1,000 extra homes.

     

    "We are housing the most vulnerable and most in need in our community," Mr Holt said.

     

    "SHIP is an important part of the Liberal National Government's affordable housing strategy and will help ensure that the right home is provided to the right person in the right location.

     

    "The builders on the panel will be required to provide design and construction services on single houses and grouped (two to 10-unit) dwellings in the Perth metropolitan area.  Dwellings are required to be completed to 'ready to move in' standard and will include all fixtures, fittings, finishes and landscaping."

     

    Timeframes for design and construction are expected to be 12 months for single dwellings, and 16 to 20 months for grouped dwellings.

     

    Fact File

    • The panel will operate for a period of two years with two one-year extension options able to be exercised at the discretion of the Housing Authority
    • SHIP projects in regional areas are being publically tendered on a case by case basis and the State Government's Buy Local Policy will be applied to ensure tenders are assessed to provide maximum benefit to regional businesses 

    Minister's office - 6552 6100