New homes help attract key workers to Onslow

The State Government has answered the call for Government Regional Officers' Housing (GROH) in Onslow, with 10 new homes to be delivered by mid-2016.

Housing Minister Colin Holt said the homes would enable the Government to better deliver services in the coastal Pilbara town.

The properties will be located within LandCorp's Barrarda Estate subdivision - close to the town centre, Beadon Creek boat ramp and the beach. By the end of November 2016, Barrarda Estate will be home to 65 families. The contract for construction was awarded to Pindan and work is due to start in the new year.

"The Liberal National Government is committed to the effective delivery of essential public services to people in regional and remote Western Australia," Mr Holt 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."
Colin Holt, Housing Minister

The Minister said the project was funded through the State Development Agreement signed for the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project, a major liquefied natural gas project 12 kilometres west of Onslow.

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.

The Housing Authority secured additional funding of $3 million through the State Budget to purchase the land.

"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."

Source: Ministerial Media Statements

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