- 125 service worker homes to be provided over next three to six months
- Further 250 service worker dwellings available in the next six to nine months
- More than 7000 new dwellings to be delivered over the next five years
The State Government is tackling Port Hedland’s housing shortage and high rents through a Royalties for Regions-supported housing package to provide housing for service workers
The package announced today in Port Hedland by Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls, includes the provision of 250 dwellings at the new Osprey Service Worker Village in South Hedland over the next six to nine months.
The Minister also announced that discussions to finalise the preferred proponent for the development and operation of the Osprey Service Worker Village are underway following an Expression of Interest process managed by the Department of Housing.
The package also includes the fast-tracking of the development of 80 vacant lots in Port Hedland and South Hedland. An additional 45 dwellings will be made available in the next three months through the Department of Housing’s existing stock in Hedland.
Mr Grylls said a great deal of work had been done through the State Government’s Pilbara Cities vision to facilitate land and housing development.
“Over the next five years, the State Government will deliver more than 7,000 new dwellings through LandCorp, the Department of Housing and the Department of Regional Development and Lands, with a further 5000 in the land development pipeline,” Mr Grylls said.
“However, we recognise there is an immediate need for housing for service workers in the town and the package we’re announcing today will ease this pressure through the delivery of 375 dwellings within the next nine months.”
Housing Minister Troy Buswell said the initial 125 dwellings would be offered through a Registration of Interest (ROI) process administered by the Department of Housing. This is based on the model of the successful Warambie Estate Service Workers Village in Karratha.
“This housing shortage impacts on businesses and local workers employed across a range of industries including retail, tourism, health, education and hospitality, and the Government strongly encourages Port Hedland businesses to apply for employee accommodation,” Mr Buswell said.
“This initiative is about providing affordable accommodation options for businesses that may otherwise be forced to relocate if their housing needs cannot be met.”
Minister Grylls acknowledged the Town of Port Hedland for its support with the housing strategy.
- Town of Port Hedland local businesses which require housing for their workers are encouraged to visit www.housing.wa.gov.au/investorsandpartners/swa to register their interest.
- Royalties for Regions is administered by the Department for Regional Development and Lands
Media contact: Minister Grylls: Chris Morris – 6552 500 or 0488 904 791
Minister Buswell: Jaimee Motion – 6552 6400 or 0437 057 130