Pub­lic hous­ing ru­mour de­nied

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.”

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