Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

Minister for Housing and Works; Indigenous Affairs; Heritage; Land Information

    State Government launches EOI for high quality factory-built homes

    30/01/2008 11:36 AM
     
    30/01/08

    Housing and Works Minister Michelle Roberts has today announced a major step forward in the delivery of housing in Western Australia.

    The State Government has called for expressions of interest for the provision of up to 200 factory-built houses to be constructed, delivered and installed in regional and remote areas of WA.

    An annual program is estimated to be worth at least $60million.

    Mrs Roberts said this initiative had the potential to provide high quality homes to parts of WA with the highest demand for accommodation.

    “I want to stress that these will be high quality homes, not sea containers,” she said.

    “The homes can be constructed in Perth during the seasonal wet period in our North- West. The components of the new home will then be transported when the roads are open.

    “There will also be less inconvenience to local communities.

    “The State Government recognises that the current expansion of the resources industry combined with the skills shortage in WA has placed significant demands on the building industry. This has led to prolonged construction times in the housing industry.”

    The homes will be used to meet the housing needs of Government regional officers such as teachers and police, people in remote Aboriginal communities and to increase the amount of Government rental stock in areas such as Kununurra, Fitzroy Crossing, Tom Price, Newman, Derby, Halls Creek, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Ravensthorpe and Esperance.

    The Minister said the State Government was committed to improving housing affordability in WA.

    In addition to the new factory-built housing, other initiatives include:
    • a $300million First Start shared equity scheme;
    • a $417.3million investment over four years to continue the delivery of social and affordable housing programs, with social housing numbers to increase by more than 1,100 dwellings over four years;
    • expansion of the Bond Assistance Loan Scheme;
    • reductions in stamp duty;
    • initiatives to fast-track Government approvals for residential sub-divisions; and
    • a further $238million housing and land package which will help deliver the additional social housing, more lodging and crisis accommodation rooms, and strategic land holdings and new Government regional officer housing.
    Expressions of interest close on February 27.

    Minister's office - 9213 6600