- Housing Minister turns first sod on construction of Pilbara holiday respite facility
- Local community acknowledged for significant contribution to the project
- People with disability across the Pilbara to benefit from respite facility
Housing Minister Brendon Grylls today marked the start of construction of a holiday respite home for people with disability and their families, living in the Pilbara.
Mr Grylls turned the first sod on the Cooke Point site where the $2.8 million facility would be built in Port Hedland.
The Minister said the start of construction was the culmination of strong, passionate local advocacy and, once completed, the facility would meet a need, long demonstrated in the region.
The two-stage project will provide a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house, a multi-purpose amenities building, and a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, all fully accessible. The first stage is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
"This affirms the Liberal National Government's commitment to supporting people with disability across our State, including in regional Western Australia," Mr Grylls said.
The local community has contributed to the model and design of the property, including through a local community liaison group.
Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher said the facility would incorporate flexible design options and uses, and would be available for day activities and overnight respite.
"It will be close to the beach and will be somewhere that people with disability, their families and carers can take a break on the coast," Mrs Faragher said.
The development is being managed by the Disability Services Commission and the Housing Authority. The facility will be operated by local disability sector organisation, Empowering People in Communities.
- The development is being built on a 2,225sqm site
- The design was developed as a result of local consultation and with the support of the local community
- Thomas Building will construct stage one of the project
Housing Minister's office - 6552 6100
Disability Services Minister's office - 6552 5300