- New facility to provide up to 100 short-stay accommodation beds in Broome
A short-stay accommodation facility for Aboriginal visitors to Broome has reached a key milestone, with the recent call for tenders for construction. The project has been made possible by a $21.1 million investment by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Housing Minister Colin Holt said the facility would provide up to 100 beds for Aboriginal people visiting Broome.
"The Housing Authority has worked closely with Nyamba Buru Yawuru Aboriginal Corporation and the Shire of Broome to secure a suitable site and support for the project," Mr Holt said.
"This facility will provide Aboriginal guests with safe and secure accommodation, while enabling improved access to support services available in Broome.
"Many people need to come to Broome for family, health, business or cultural reasons and may otherwise sleep rough or overcrowd public housing during their stay."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said visitors from remote communities across the Kimberley would also have improved access to support services.
"The Broome facility will be the third short-stay facility delivered by the State Government to increase access to regional centres for remote visitors," Mr Redman said.
As with the Kalgoorlie and Derby facilities, operation of the Broome facility will be managed by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support through a service agreement with a not-for-profit partner.
Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said independent evaluation of the Kalgoorlie and Derby facilities found they were successfully meeting the needs of Aboriginal visitors and the wider community.
"These facilities are examples of the types of culturally and community appropriate services that can be delivered when the Government and the not-for-profit sector work together,"
Ms Mitchell said.
The tender to build the Broome facility will be announced in the last quarter of 2016 and the facility is expected to open in mid-2018. The Housing Authority will be responsible for ongoing repairs and maintenance needs.
- JCY Architects and Urban Designers have designed the Broome facility
- The Kimberley's first Aboriginal short-stay in Derby opened in September 2014
- To date. the Derby facility has provided nearly 21,000 bed nights of accommodation
Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100