Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
Western Australia Minister for Housing Bill Marmion
Western Australia Minister for Regional development Brendon Grylls
Stage One Of Roebourne’s NASH Project Under Way
Victor P Taffa
Premier Colin Barnett has launched a Major Housing Development designed to provide affordable accommodation in Roebourne and help improve the residents’ economic and social wellbeing.
Visiting the site in Roebourne, Premier Colin Barnett, Housing Minister Bill Marmion and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls announced that work would commence on Stage One of the Ngarluma Aboriginal Sustainable Housing (NASH) Project.
Premier Barnett said the project had been initiated by the Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation (NAC) to help ease housing pressure in the Town.
“The State Government’s commitment of $11 Million will allow the development of increased housing options for people in the area.” the Premier said.
“The Project will have the potential to deliver 400 residential lots, four grouped housing sites and a commercial site being built on 61.84 ha of land.”
“The first stage of the project will contain 100 lots, of which 99 will be single residential lots and the remaining lot will be a group housing site for 10 dwellings.” Premier Barnett said.
Housing Minister Bill Marmion said that the injection of Government funding would help to increase opportunities in the Pilbara Region.
“The Department of Housing will contribute $6 Million for 50 lots in the development which will be used for social and Government officers’ housing.” Mr. Marmion said.
“A further $5 Million from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions fund will be contributed to this project, providing a total Government investment of $11 Million.”
“Roebourne has in the past experienced serious deficiencies in law and order, community safety, health and education, and the NASH project is one of many in the town that will help address these issues.” Mr. Marmion said.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the NAC was contributing $1.8 Million to the project and 50 lots would go to the organisation to help further their charitable aims.
“The NAC plans to use the proceeds to fund the second and subsequent stages of the NASH program, providing shared equity capital to allow Aboriginal people to move from rental accommodation to home ownership.” Mr. Grylls said.
“This is one of a suite of Royalties for Regions projects planned or under way in the Pilbara, designed to meet the increase in social needs brought on by rapid economic growth.”
“More than $334 Million will be invested in the Pilbara under Royalties for Regions this financial year, providing improvements in health, housing, education and general community amenities.” Mr. Grylls said.