Large Volume Of Applications For Warambie Estate Received

Large Volume Of Applications For Warambie Estate Received

Western Australia Minister for Lands Brendon Grylls

Applications Flood In As First Homes Become Ready For Karratha Service Workers

Victor P Taffa

Karratha’s Newest Housing Village for service workers is set to welcome residents by Christmas with the first of 100 homes ready for occupancy.

Warambie Estate, the first of its kind in Western Australia, will provide a mix of one, two and three-bedroom homes for up to 250 people.  Subsidised rent is expected to range between $350 and $500 a week.

LandCorp has partnered with National Lifestyle Villages (NLV) which has built and will operate Warambie Estate.

Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the high-priority project used quick design and construction methods to ease accommodation pressures and help local businesses retain staff in service jobs outside the mining and Government sectors.

“The State Government has pledged $30.4 Million from Royalties for Regions to fund the project, with the rental income being returned to the State.” Mr. Grylls said.

“To date we have received an overwhelming response of about 240 applications for the first 50 homes to be allocated.”

“The highest ranking 15 applicants will be offered homes to occupy before Christmas.”

The Minister said he was extremely delighted with the progress of the project which is on-track, on-time and on-budget with plans already in-line to accelerate home production from two per week, to four.

The National Lifestyle Village homes are built in Perth, delivered in two parts by semi-trailer to Karratha and ready to move into within 13 weeks.

“The homes weigh less than brick and tile, yet are stronger and less expensive to build.” Mr. Grylls said

“This is a clever and efficient way to deliver well appointed, affordable accommodation for Karratha’s retail, tourism and general service workers.”

North West MLA Vince Catania said the service workers accommodation had created great interest in the region and would go a long way to reducing the cost of living for local staff in a number of businesses.

Each architecturally-designed home will feature a modern kitchen, tiled bathroom and laundry, open plan living area, bedrooms with built-in robes, air conditioning, a landscaped outdoor living space and carport.

Designed to maximise solar and breezeway efficiencies, all homes will have a minimum 6-star energy rating.

The first 15 units will be ready for occupancy in December with the others to be delivered throughout next year.