Additional portfolio responsibilities

The Minister for Housing; Local Government the Hon. John Carey MLA has received additional portfolio responsibilities.

He adds Homelessness to his Housing and Local Government responsibilities, in addition to now overseeing the Lands portfolio.

Premier Mark McGowan announced the changes today.

“My team always strives to lead a reasonable, responsible and stable Government, and that will continue, with these changes only further highlighting the strength of the Cabinet,” Premier Mark McGowan said.

Reform Package

In response to the announcement Minister Carey took to Facebook.

“It was an honour today to receive from the Premier new responsibilities,” he wrote.

“I have been driving and championing a strong program of reform across the Housing and Local Government portfolios. This has been backed by a record $875 million injection, to accelerate the delivery of social housing, and the biggest reform package for local government in the past 25 years.

“As someone committed to driving positive change, I am genuinely excited about the opportunities for reform in the Lands portfolio: this major economic portfolio is the principal driver of development and renewal of land across Western Australia both in our city and in regional town centres and communities.

“The Lands portfolio is also critical to social housing delivery: as the major holder of government land, there is real opportunity to leverage lazy land surplus to government needs for a social housing return.

“I am aware of the ongoing challenges in our work to address Homelessness, and I am passionate about getting the best outcomes from the more than $100 million we invest in homelessness programs across WA each year.”

Welcome News

Shelter WA congratulates Minister Carey for the addition of the Homelessness and the Lands portfolio to his Housing and Local Government responsibilities. The Minister has made an enormous difference in driving social housing investment, delivery and policy reform.

Unlocking the power of the Lands Portfolio to facilitate more social and affordable housing supply is very welcome.

Shelter WA looks forward to working with the Minister and our members to deliver the housing needed across the state, and to drive the outcomes of the WA Homelessness Strategy. Shelter WA acknowledges and thanks Minister McGurk for her significant commitment and work to end homelessness and to Minister Buti for his work in the Lands Portfolio.