Onslow to get GROH homes
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.