Public housing rumour denied
The State Government has rejected rumours it has been quietly moving social housing tenants into Karratha’s Pelago apartment complex.
The rumours were raised with shadow housing minister Fran Logan on a trip to the Pilbara but they were quickly denied by the Department of Housing.
Housing Authority commercial operations general manager Nigel Hindmarsh said the claims were not based in fact. “There are no public housing tenancies in either Pelago West or Pelago East and no plans to utilise any apartments for public housing,” he said.
“Two units in Pelago West have recently been vacated by Department of Education employees and will be occupied again in the new year.
“Two units in Pelago East have recently been vacated by employees of the Department of Education and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, and will be occupied again in the new year.”
Mr Hindmarsh said current vacancy rates of Housing Authority-owned and leased apartments was 8.6 per cent in Pelago West and 7.6 per cent Pelago East.
He said there were no plans for the State Government to buy any more apartments.
Mr Logan said WA Labor would start a Commission of Inquiry into what it claimed were “huge” project expenditures and cost blow-outs on projects built by the current Government should it win the 2017 State Election.
“The speculative North West property investments such as Pelago and the Quarter in Karratha and Osprey Village and other sites in Port Hedland will be a high priority under the terms of the inquiry,” he said.
“Following the outcomes of the proposed Commission of Inquiry, a WA Labor government will announce what it intends to do with these massively depreciated taxpayer-funded investments.”