- $2.9 million headworks to pave the way for future workers' accommodation
- Affordable housing will help attract and retain staff, generating economic growth and jobs
The McGowan Government has allocated $2.9 million for headworks in the Gascoyne town of Coral Bay that will pave the way for future workers' accommodation in the region, stimulating economic growth and jobs.
The town's population swells due to an influx of tourists during the winter months, however, local businesses have found it difficult to attract and retain staff due to a shortage of affordable accommodation for workers.
The State Government is investing $2.9 million for headworks including roads, water, power and sewerage to get the ball rolling on the Baiyungu Aboriginal Corporation's development of Lot 308.
The design for the works will commence shortly and civil works are expected to start in October.
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Coral Bay continues to face a chronic shortage of affordably priced accommodation for workers and families in the town.
"This is having a detrimental impact on the ability of local business to attract and retain key workers, and for local businesses and State Government to provide essential services within the community, stifling job creation in this tourist destination.
"We will be working with the Baiyungu Aboriginal Corporation over the next six months to progress their proposal for privately-funded housing for this site and provide much needed affordable worker accommodation for Coral Bay."
Minister's office - 6552 6200