The Western Australian Government will invest in a project to create 600 new homes, 1,500 local jobs and provide $174 million of work for the local building industry, as part of the Government’s $564 million Social Housing Investment Package (SHIP).

Western Australian Housing Minister, Brendon Grylls, said the 600 homes were being designed and constructed through a panel of local builders in the metropolitan area and by tender in regional areas.

“This approach will ensure there is consistent quality in the houses as well as opportunities for local builders,” Mr Grylls said.

“Once complete, these homes will be the same as other private housing in the area. This is a big shot in the arm for the local construction sector, as the SHIP initiative has gone out to the market for the construction of new homes and ‘off the plan’ purchases at exactly the time home builders and local tradespeople need the work.”

Construction through SHIP will inject more than $174 million of work to the local building industry, boosting the Western Australian economy and securing more than 1,500 local jobs.

Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett said the initiative, a milestone for the Government’s social housing package, would provide these dwellings by the end of June 2017.

“These homes will contribute significantly in halving the priority waiting list for seniors, and families with children,” Mr Barnett said.

“As a direct result of this investment, upwards of 2,800 people will be helped by having a quality home to move into in less than a year’s time.  

“Seniors – and families with children – are two critical groups on the priority waiting list.  

“They are among the most in need in the community and the prospect of stable, secure housing can, for an aged person or a family with children, be life-changing.”

The location of properties is determined by the demand for seniors, and families with children, as registered on the public housing priority wait list within a region.

Of the 1,000 homes to be delivered under the package, about 80 per cent will be delivered in the metropolitan area and 20 per cent in regional areas.

The State Government will also be securing 200 private leases as rental stock for public housing and through the purchase of 200 ‘off the plan’ dwellings or established homes.

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