Western Australia Minister for Lands Brendon Grylls
Seasonal Staff Accommodation Site Secured In Coral Bay
Victor P Taffa
The Planned Construction of Seasonal Staff Accommodation Facilities in Coral Bay moved another step closer following a Signing Ceremony by the State Government and the Baiyungu Aboriginal Corporation (BAC).
Lands Minister Brendon Grylls and members of the BAC today signed a Land Transfer Document which grants the BAC Freehold Ownership of about 30ha of the Crown land identified under the Coral Bay Framework for the Provision of Worker Accommodation.
Mr. Grylls and the BAC also signed a lease document that allows the State to lease back an area of 8,263sqm of the site for the development of the Coral Bay Seasonal staff accommodation facilities.
“This agreement with the BAC enables the development of a 70-bed facility that will provide much needed, affordable short-term living accommodation to people employed in the local tourism industry.” the Minister said.
“Anywhere between one and 300 itinerant people are employed in Coral Bay’s robust tourist industry during the peak season, normally between May and October, and the availability of suitable Seasonal Staff Accommodation has been a Major Issue.”
“This agreement now allows for the accommodation facility to go ahead and relieve some of the pressure on the Town.” Mr. Grylls said.
“The Project’s Progress has been encouraging with seven Submissions received from Development Companies to build the complex following an expression of interest process run by LandCorp.”
“To help boost opportunities for local indigenous people, the successful proponent – to be announced in the near future – will provide training and employment opportunities for the Baiyungu People.” Mr. Grylls said.
The Minister said he was very pleased with the level of co-operation adopted between the BAC and the State Government agencies, including the Department of Regional Development and Lands and LandCorp, involved in negotiating the agreement.
North West MLA Vince Catania said the agreement would alleviate the pressure on future accommodation in Coral Bay, as well as provide small businesses with an opportunity to plan for the future.
BAC Chairperson Gwen Peck and BAC Project Director Noel Bridge said the Corporation was pleased to have been able to work so effectively with the Government to develop innovative housing solutions to accommodate Seasonal Staff at Coral Bay.
They said the agreement had come about through the ongoing efforts of the BAC to foster a sustainable and quality driven approach to improving facilities for the long-term benefit of the town, its visitors and workers.