Peel St hous­ing project planned

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

PEEL Street could be­come the site of a so­cial hous­ing project in which res­i­dents would also work full-time at a fresh food grow­ing project near Pin­jarra.

WestAus Cri­sis Care and Wel­fare Ser­vices and Ses­teem have asked the City of Man­durah for help in build­ing 26 units in an area close to trans­port, schools and shop­ping precincts.

Ses­teem iden­ti­fies, funds and man­ages so­cial en­ter­prise busi­nesses on be­half of other not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions fo­cused on erad­i­cat­ing home­less­ness. WestAus pro­vides emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion for fam­i­lies and sin­gles over 18 and helps 10 to 12 peo­ple in short to medium stays and oth­ers in six tran­si­tional homes for up to six months.

The coun­cil has been asked to find a suit­able land par­cel to lease for the project and iden­ti­fied the Peel Street prop­erty.

It is cur­rently leased by WestAus and due to ex­pire in 2019, to­gether with a por­tion of an ad­join­ing block.

The project would op­er­ate in con­junc­tion with a fresh food grow­ing busi­ness de­signed, funded and man­aged by Ses­teem and ex­pected to pro­vide full-time em­ploy­ment for each res­i­dent of the hous­ing com­plex.

The three-storey com­plex would in­clude four two-bed­room units, and 22 sin­gle units made from re­cy­cled sea con­tain­ers.

Every unit would have a bal­cony and there would be an ex­ten­sive recre­ation area.

The coun­cil agreed to sup­port the hous­ing com­po­nent on con­di­tion con­struc­tion was sub­ject to grant fund­ing.

A street per­spec­tive of the pro­posed build­ing.

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