Prop­erty dream more af­ford­able

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

It was a dream which was too far out of reach dur­ing the boom, but new ac­com­mo­da­tion has given for­mer Kar­ratha res­i­dent Richard Green the chance to move back to the town he loves.

The 45-year-old bus driver left Kar­ratha eight years ago be­cause of the pro­hib­i­tive costs of rent.

Now he is one of the first res­i­dents to move into the Quar­ter apart­ments, at­tracted back to Kar­ratha by the af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“Back then you couldn’t rent a de­cent place in town for less than $300 a week and I didn’t have a high pay­ing job at a mine site,” he said.

“It’s a great spot to live — the apart­ment is neat, tidy and all new, and if you are a sin­gle per­son and you don’t have a big high-paid job, I think it’s per­fect.”

LandCorp West Pil­bara re­gional man­ager Travis McNaught said 21 ten­ants had moved into The Quar­ter by the end of Septem­ber.

“There are typ­i­cally two to three new in­quiries each week so we’re ex­pect­ing to be fully ten­anted early in the new year,” he said.

While it was a re­turn to home for Mr Green, for sev­eral of the in­hab­i­tants of the city cen­tre, the move sig­nalled a new be­gin­ning.

Domino’s Pizza man­ager Nabin Sil­wal had been liv­ing out of a car­a­van for the past seven years as he had been un­able to find an af­ford­able place near work.

“I love liv­ing in Kar­ratha,” he said. “It’s qui­eter than a ma­jor city — it’s so laid back and the re­gion is amaz­ing. It looks like it has come out of a magazine.”

Alice Muller has taken the op­por­tu­nity to move out of her fam­ily home in Mil­lars Well.

“It makes me happy just think­ing about it, my own bach­e­lorette pad,” she said.

“I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing The Quar­ter come alive when more lo­cal busi­nesses start open­ing up.”

Back then you couldn’t rent a de­cent place for less than $300 a week ... Bus driver Phil Green

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