A second Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation Facility for the Kimberley is a step closer with today's announcement that the State Government has reached an agreement on a suitable site following extensive collaboration with the Yawuru people of Broome.
The facility in Broome will be developed by the Housing Authority with a $21.1 million investment through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Housing Minister Colin Holt said master-planning was already under way for the facility.
"The Government and the Yawuru people have identified a suitable site for this much-needed community facility after working with Rubibi Aboriginal Land, Heritage and Development Company Pty Ltd (Rubibi), Nyamba Buru Yawuru and other stakeholders such as the Shire of Broome," Mr Holt said.
"Broome is a major regional centre in the Kimberley and Aboriginal people from around the region travel there to attend to business and use a range of medical, social and support services."
Statistics show there can be more than 100 people sleeping rough, in and around Broome on any given night.
Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said the Broome facility would provide a vital service to the Kimberley community.
"The State's short-stay accommodation in Derby has done a great job of meeting the accommodation needs of Aboriginal visitors to the town and I expect the Broome facility will equal that success," Ms Davies said.
"I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions helping to create sustainable regional communities in Western Australia."
Mr Holt said JCY Architects and Urban Designers had been engaged to work with the State Government and stakeholders to design the facility.
The Kimberley's first Aboriginal Short Stay Facility, which opened in Derby in 2014, has so far provided more than 8,000 bed nights
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