Barnett Govt Adapts To Changed Housing Focus For Port Hedland

Barnett Govt Adapts To Changed Housing Focus For Port Hedland

Western Australia Minister for Housing Brendon Grylls

New Lease Of Life For Hedland Key Worker Housing

Victor P Taffa

  • Almost 50 homes earmarked for transitional housing for Aboriginal workers
  • 13 properties repurposed for public housing
  • 17 homes available for affordable housing opportunities, including shared equity

Liberal National Government has today announced 125 homes that were built and refurbished for Hedland’s key workers, will be repurposed for a range of affordable housing options, including social and transitional housing.

Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said the Hedland 125 project had provided vital support to local businesses during the mining construction boom, when rental costs averaged above $2,000 per week and far beyond the reach of service workers.

“Hedland 125 was established as a time-limited government intervention to rapidly improve the availability of affordable housing during a period of unprecedented demand.” Mr. Grylls said.

“The project always had the longer-term aim of making home ownership in the region attainable, with properties being made available for either full market or shared-equity sale.”

Hedland 125 project was launched in 2012 with properties head-leased to Foundation Housing Limited for rent to low-income workers, with rental income to be reinvested into the region’s housing sector. As leases have come to an end, tenants have successfully transferred to the local housing market.

“Without affordable accommodation options, the town would have been unable to maintain services that those in the metro area take for granted.” Mr. Grylls said.

“Now that the resources sector has moved into production phase and housing supply can largely meet demand, these homes can now be repurposed for the changing needs of businesses, workers and the wider community.”

A total of 45 properties have been earmarked for a transitional housing program for local Aboriginal workers that have been successfully introduced in Kununurra, Broome and Derby.

13 are being repurposed for public housing and 17 will be made available for sale on the open market, including under shared equity. 6 properties will be sold to Foundation Housing Limited, who will lease the remaining 44 for social and affordable housing.

Fact File

  • Hedland 125 dwellings comprise of two, three and four-bedroom units
  • In 2013, the Liberal National Government’s Royalties for Regions program invested $93 Million in the Hedland 125 program