Kalgoorlie Aboriginal short stay facility upgrades announced
Upgrade will provide six new family units
Made possible by a $1.3 million Royalties for Regions investment
The Liberal National Government today announced the Kalgoorlie Aboriginal short stay facility would undergo a $1.3 million upgrade.
The expansion of Kalgoorlie Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation (KASSA), which opened in 2013 and provides short-term housing to visitors from remote communities, will be made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said the planned enhancements to the facility would upgrade accommodation and improve security and access for visitors with disability.
"Stage one delivered a vital facility for surrounding communities with capacity for 41 guests. Stage two will provide six family units with ensuites, lighting, commercial-grade airconditioning, security fencing, landscaping, paths and driveways," Mr Grylls said.
The project is a result of savings achieved from the recently completed Royalties for Regions Derby Aboriginal Short Stay facility.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the investment in short stay facilities was fundamental to the ongoing viability and development of regional Western Australia.
"Regions like Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Broome and Derby function as service centres for remote residents and these short-term housing options alleviate accommodation pressures and safety concerns for Aboriginal visitors," Mr Redman said.
The Department for Child Protection and Family Support manages the Kalgoorlie facility through a service agreement with its not-for-profit partner, Australia Red Cross.
Announcing the upgrade in Kalgoorlie-Boulder today, Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said KASSA was an innovative response to the needs of Aboriginal visitors to Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
"This facility provides Aboriginal people with a safe and comfortable place to stay while visiting Kalgoorlie-Boulder to attend to business or access essential services," Ms Mitchell said.
KASSA has provided about 14,000 bed nights of short-term accommodation since 2013
Extra accommodation is currently provided by Red Cross at a former community housing complex in Outridge Terrace
Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 5400