- New NRAS accommodation opens for country students studying at UWA
- $47 million facility provides 245 studio and one-bedroom rooms
Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk represented Housing Minister Peter Tinley today at the blessing and opening of St Thomas More College's new $47 million affordable student accommodation facility in Crawley.
The student housing, which has enabled the college to increase its student population capacity from 170 to 399, provides 245 studio and one-bedroom rooms.
Construction work began in July 2014 and ended in August 2016. The facilities enable students to access study and print media rooms and a 24-hour gymnasium, as well as providing bike and surf ski storage.
St Thomas More College received incentives to construct the affordable accommodation through the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).
NRAS offers incentives for developers to build and rent new accommodation at least 20 per cent below the market rate for up to 10 years to people on low-to-moderate incomes.
The NRAS is a Federal Government initiative delivered in partnership with States and Territories to encourage large-scale investment and innovative delivery of affordable rental housing. The Department of Communities has carriage of the scheme in Western Australia.
Since 2008, the NRAS has delivered 4,205 rental opportunities across WA - benefiting thousands of people previously struggling to afford private rental accommodation.
Comment attributed to Housing Minister Peter Tinley:
"Although housing affordability is a challenge for many Western Australians, the McGowan Government is resolute in its plan to create affordable, liveable and inclusive communities."
Comments attributed to Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk:
"A key to achieving housing affordability is providing access to decent, affordable and secure housing - the cornerstone for a good life, great communities and productive economies.
"I was interested to hear that most of the students studying at this college are from regional centres such as Bunbury, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie. This new facility will provide them with safe, high-quality accommodation."
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