A house in Karratha is the 300th Government Regional Officer Housing (GROH) to be completed under the State Government’s Royalties for Regions ‘400 Program’.
Housing Minister Troy Buswell said the program, which will see 400 properties built to house key workers, had been extremely successful in delivering much-needed accommodation to regional areas.
“This program is providing affordable housing for crucial workers such as police, teachers and health workers in regional areas in keeping with the recently released State Affordable Housing Strategy.
“Suitable and affordable housing for these workers is essential to ensure the Government can continue to attract and retain people to take up positions in regional areas.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said $200million of Royalties for Regions funds had been dedicated to the 400 Program.
“The completion of the 300th GROH property demonstrates that Royalties for Regions is delivering direct benefits to country people,” Mr Grylls said.
“The program has had additional benefits, including increasing employment in the local building and construction industry across WA. More than two-thirds of the contractors who worked on the properties in Karratha were from the Pilbara.”
The 300th GROH property is one of 11 houses completed in Karratha as part of the program, with $7.5million spent on land and construction.
The new properties will house workers from the departments of Child Protection, Corrective Services; Education and Training; and Environment and Conservation, as well as Pilbara TAFE, WA Police and the Water Corporation.
The program is on target to complete the 400 new homes by December 2011.
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