Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Former Premier; Minister for Tourism; Science

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Social housing package will be life-changing

    14/10/2016 12:30 PM
    • 600 homes to be constructed
    • More than $174 million of work for local building industry
    • More than 1,500 local jobs to be created

    Western Australia's most vulnerable families and seniors are set to benefit with construction commitments finalised to build 600 new homes.


    In addition, the market will be supported by the State Government securing 200 private leases as rental stock for public housing and through the purchase of 200 'off the plan' dwellings or established homes.


    Announcing the milestone for the Liberal National Government's $564 million Social Housing Investment Package (SHIP) today, Premier Colin Barnett said the Government initiative would provide these social housing dwellings by the end of June 2017.


    "These homes will contribute significantly in halving the priority waiting list for seniors, and families with children," Mr Barnett said.


    "As a direct result of this investment, upwards of 2,800 people will be helped by having a quality home to move into in less than a year's time.  Seniors - and families with children - are two critical groups on the priority waiting list.  They are among the most in need in the community and the prospect of stable, secure housing can, for an aged person or a family with children, be life-changing."


    Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said the 600 homes were being designed and constructed through a panel of local builders in the metropolitan area and by tender in regional areas.


    "This approach will ensure there is consistent quality in the houses as well as opportunities for local builders," Mr Grylls said.


    "Once complete, these homes will be the same as other private housing in the area.  This is a big shot in the arm for the local construction sector, as the SHIP initiative has gone out to the market for the construction of new homes and 'off the plan' purchases at exactly the time home builders and local tradespeople need the work."


    Construction through SHIP will inject more than $174 million of work to the local building industry, boosting the Western Australian economy and securing more than 1,500 local jobs.


    Fact File

    • Of the 1,000 homes to be delivered under the package, about 80% will be delivered in the metropolitan area and 20% in regional areas
    • The location of properties is determined by the demand for seniors, and families with children, as registered on the public housing priority wait list within a region

    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100


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