Francis Logan

Francis Logan

Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise

    Wiluna housing on the rise

    15/11/2005 12:00 AM

    The remote community of Wiluna is set for a housing boost on the completion of a State Government review of existing accommodation in the town.

    Housing and Works Minister Francis Logan said the review would be completed by the end of the year.

    It would consider Wiluna’s housing needs and assess the functionality of the existing housing in the town and the nearby Kutkabubba, Bondini, Ulalla Station, Windidda Station, Emu Farm and Desert Gold. The review would cover:
    • assessment of need (capital and support services);
    • formula for unmet housing need (number of bedrooms);
    • available housing options;
    • appropriateness of existing housing stock;
    • additional accommodation types required;
    • availability of residential land;
    • support services required; and
    • analysis of findings against existing programs.
    Mr Logan said the Department of Housing and Works had allocated funds under its 2005-06 building construction program for eight houses to be built in the town.

    However, the eight projects were subject to the review and the availability and acquisition of land from the Department for Planning and Infrastructure.

    “Meanwhile, the department is building two houses for the Marruwayura Aboriginal Corporation on Lots 68 and 69 in Lennon Street, with architect Kim Coleman commissioned to do an innovative design brief,” the Minister said.

    “It is also building a house for the Ngurra Yuldoo Corporation on a block the corporation owns in town. Another house is planned for the Windda Community at its Emu Farm lease, but land issues have yet to be resolved.

    “I am pleased to say that, in addition, the department is applying some of the principles of its highly successful New Living program for Wiluna and is currently negotiating a memorandum of understanding with the local shire.

    “The aim is to assist with the funding of infrastructure within the town to improve the community facilities for residents. The department will assist with the installation of footpaths, development of parks and improvements to the streetscape.”

    Mr Logan said the Gallop Government was committed to improving the quality of services to all Western Australians, wherever they lived.

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