Regional Recovery Plans

The McGowan Labor Government have announced recovery plans for a number of regional areas of Western Australia including the Kimberly, Gascoyne, Wheatbelt, Goldfields-Esperance, and Great Southern.

Key Announcements

Below outlines some key announcements associated with housing in the regions:

  • $6 million for the installation of rooftop solar PV on social housing including for properties in the Goldfields-Esperance, Great Southern region, meaning lower power bills for residents.
  • $116 million for the Regional Land Booster Package to make residential, commercial, and industrial lots more affordable including residential lots in;

→ Broome, Kununurra and Halls Creek in the Kimberly region.

→ Carnarvon and Denham in the Gascoyne region.

→ Badgingarra, Ballidu, Bolgart, Bruce Rock, Cervantes, Coomberdale, Coorow, Cunderdin, Darkan, Doodlakine, Dowerin, Dumbleyung, Hyden, Kalannie, Karlgarin, Kellerberrin, Kondinin, Kununoppin, Lake King, Moora, Moorine Rock, Narrogin, Newdegate, Popanyinning, Tammin, Varley, Wagin, Westonia, Williams and Wundowie in the Wheatbelt region.

→ Kalgoorlie, Coolgardie, Laverton, Leonora, Menzies, Norseman, Esperance, Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe in the Goldfields-Esperance region.

→ Borden, Broomehill, Cranbrook, Gnowangerup, Katanning, Mount Barker, Nyabing, Rocky Gully and Woodanilling in the Great Southern region.

It must be noted that some of the initiatives within the packages had been announced as part of State-wide initiatives including the Social Housing Economic Recovery Package (SHERP) and the figures are indicative.

Plans for Kimberley Recovery

The McGowan Government announced a $110.9 million package for the Kimberley region as part of the WA Recovery Plan, to drive economic and social recovery, and create a pipeline of local jobs. Below outlines the key announcements associated with housing, community wellbeing and support for specialist services.

  • Approximately 75 homes in the Kimberly to be refurbished as part of the $141.7 million announcement to refurbish social housing.
  • Approximately 10 to 20 social housing properties to be built as part of the $97 million to build new social housing in the Kimberly region.
  • Approximately 700 homes across the Kimberly region as part of the $80 million package for targeted maintenance programs for regional social, remote and government workers housing properties.
  • $20 million for the construction of a 70 bed Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation facility in Kununurra, providing temporary accommodation for Aboriginal people visiting Kununurra.
  • $1.63 million towards maintenance and infrastructure upgrades in remote Aboriginal communities including Nulleywah, Mirima, Morrell Park and on the Dampier Peninsula.
  • $6 million to North Regional TAFE’s Kununurra Campus for a new Health and Hospitality Trade Training Centre, to deliver specialist training facilities for NDIS related courses and hospitality training.
  • $10.3 million for Broome and $1.7 million for Yungngora.to install Battery Energy Storage Systems to allow more customers to install rooftop solar systems and reduce their power bills.
  • $2.6 million to extend the Kimberley Family Violence Service trial for a further two years.
  • $1.1 million over two years for counselling, advocacy, and support services across WA, including Kalumburu Family Safety and Youth Service.

More information on the Kimberly Recovery Plan can be found here.

Plans for Gascoyne and Mid West Recovery

  • $18 million for the construction of a 75 bed Aboriginal Short-Stay Accommodation facility in Geraldton, providing temporary accommodation for Aboriginal people visiting Geraldton.
  • Approximately 80 homes across the Gascoyne and Mid West regions to be refurbished as part of the $141.7 million announcement to refurbish social housing across WA’s ageing housing stock.
  • $97 million to build new social housing including properties in the Gascoyne and Mid West region (number of properties not specified).
  • Approximately 100 homes across the Gascoyne and Mid West regions as part of the $80 million package for targeted maintenance programs for regional social, remote and government workers housing properties.
  • $7.8 million for Exmouth, $5.8 million for Carnarvon and $600,000 for Gascoyne Junction to install Battery Energy Storage Systems to improve grid capacity and allow more customers to install rooftop solar systems and reduce their power bills.
  • $4.2 million to continue the Aboriginal Governance and Leadership Development program to help increase economic participation of Aboriginal people in regional WA.
  • $1.5 million to deliver financial counselling services across regional WA.

More information on the Gascoyne Recovery Plan can be found here. More information on the Mid West Recovery Plan can be found here.

Plans for Wheatbelt Recovery

  • Approximately 60 homes in the Wheatbelt region to be refurbished as part of the $141.7 million announcement to refurbish social housing across WA’s ageing housing stock.
  • $97 million to build new social housing including properties in the Gascoyne and Mid-West region (number of properties not specified).
  • Approximately 150 homes across the Goldfields-Esperance region as part of the $80 million package for targeted maintenance programs for regional social, remote and government workers housing properties.
  • $1.63 million towards maintenance and infrastructure upgrades in remote Aboriginal communities across WA including at Badjaling.
  • $3.2 million to continue the Regional Men’s Health Initiative that focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of men in rural WA including in the Wheatbelt.
  • $1.1 million over two years for counselling, advocacy and support services across WA, including one service in the Wheatbelt region.

More information on the Wheatbelt Recovery Plan can be found here.

Plans for Goldfields-Esperance Recovery

  • Approximately 30 homes in the Goldfields-Esperance region to be refurbished as part of the $141.7 million announcement to refurbish social housing across WA’s ageing housing stock.
  • Approximately 5 to 10 social housing properties to be built as part of the $97 million to build new social housing in the Goldfields-Esperance region.
  • Approximately 100 homes across the Goldfields-Esperance region as part of the $80 million package for targeted maintenance programs for regional social, remote and government workers housing properties.
  • $600,000 to install a Battery Energy System in Menzies, allowing more customers to install rooftop solar systems and reduce their power bills.

More information on the Goldfields-Esperance Recovery Plan can be found here.

Plans for the Great Southern Recovery

  • Approximately 30 homes in the Great Southern region to be refurbished as part of the $141.7 million announcement to refurbish social housing across WA’s ageing housing stock.
  • Approximately 5 to 10 social housing properties to be built as part of the $97 million to build new social housing in the Great Southern region.
  • Approximately 200 homes across the Great Southern region as part of the $80 million package for targeted maintenance programs for regional social, remote and government workers housing properties.
  • $3.2 million to continue the Regional Men’s Health Initiative that focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of men in rural WA including in the Great Southern.

More information on the Great Southern Recovery Plan can be found here.

Shelter WA Comments

Shelter WA supports investment in regional housing and homelessness. Shelter WA, in partnership with the Department of Communities, undertook regional consultation during 2019 to inform the development of the West Australian Housing Strategy.

Consultation highlighted the dire state of social housing maintenance in towns and communities, the impact on people’s lives and the urgent need for increased investment in the social housing system. Also, for specific and appropriate housing solutions across all regions including more diverse, affordable housing options to meet local needs. Local people and services articulated what they needed. Specific housing options for young people, seniors and crises accommodation continued to be raised. So too initiatives such as Short Stay Facilities to enable people to have a safe and affordable place to stay whilst visiting towns from regional communities. Also, to alleviate cost of living pressures the opportunities to use green technology to drive down energy costs was raised.

It is pleasing to see that the regions will benefit from the recent $319M SHERP announcement in early June 2020. Shelter WA is working closely with the Department and the community housing sector to determine how this important infrastructure program across the whole of WA can leverage the local content of community housing providers, especially in the regions.

Research demonstrates that investment in social housing and services will drive recovery efforts. Not only will it create pipelines of work, support local business and create new education and training opportunities but will deliver the housing that is needed to make regions flourish. Housing is critical to ending homelessness. We urge the government to increase investment into the housing and homelessness system so people have the homes that enable them to thrive

The community housing and homelessness sector is ready to deliver in partnership with the State Government the COVID-19 jobs recovery across WA.

Reference

Western Australian Government. 2020. WA Recovery: WA Recovery Plan. Department of the Premier and Cabinet, published 23rd July 2020. View here.