Onslow to get GROH homes

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Tom Zaun­mayr

The State Govern­ment has an­swered the call for Govern­ment Re­gional Of­fi­cers’ Hous­ing in Onslow, with 10 new homes to be de­liv­ered by mid-2016.

The prop­er­ties will be lo­cated within Land­Corp’s Bar­rarda Es­tate sub­di­vi­sion, which is ex­pected to be home to 65 fam­i­lies by the end of Novem­ber this year.

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Colin Holt said the homes would en­able the Govern­ment to bet­ter de­liver ser­vices in the coastal Pil­bara town.

“The Lib­eral Na­tional Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to the ef­fec­tive de­liv­ery of es­sen­tial pub­lic ser­vices to peo­ple in re­gional and re­mote Western Aus­tralia,” he said.

“Th­ese ser­vices are de­liv­ered by pub­lic sec­tor em­ploy­ees such as teach­ers, health work­ers and po­lice, who of­ten re­lo­cate to live in th­ese ar­eas.

“The avail­abil­ity of suit­able hous­ing can di­rectly af­fect the pro­vi­sion of ser­vices. The new homes in Onslow will help at­tract and re­tain staff in the re­gion.”

Mr Holt said the pro­ject was funded through the State De­vel­op­ment Agree­ment signed for the Chevron­op­er­ated Wheat­stone Pro­ject.

The Wheat­stone Pro­ject pro­vided the fund­ing to the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity to build the 10 homes which the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity will own and man­age un­der the GROH pro­gram.

“This is an­other great ex­am­ple of the pri­vate sec­tor and the Govern­ment part­ner­ing to de­liver more af­ford­able hous­ing in re­gional WA,” Mr Holt said.

“I con­grat­u­late Chevron, the Hous­ing Au­thor­ity, Land­Corp and the Depart­ment of State De­vel­op­ment for their com­mit­ment to de­liver af­ford­able hous­ing in Onslow.”

The Hous­ing Au­thor­ity se­cured ad­di­tional fund­ing of $3 mil­lion through the State Bud­get to pur­chase the land.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton coun­cil­lors was ex­pected to vote on a mo­tion to of­fer con­ces­sions to five lots in Bar­rarda Es­tate at Mon­day’s coun­cil meet­ing be­cause of per­ceived un­rea­son­ably high val­u­a­tion.

The five lots were rate­able on an unim­proved value ba­sis far higher than their neigh­bour­ing lots as they were out­side the town­site.

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