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Parliamentary Questions

Question On Notice No. 2498 asked in the Legislative Council on 19 September 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Question Directed to the: Minister for Environment representing the Minister for Housing
Minister responding: Hon P.C. Tinley
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Tabled Paper No: 3322- View tabled paper

I refer to the towns of Carnarvon, Karratha, Newman Tom Price and Port Hedland, and I ask:
(a) will the Minister detail any new houses built or purchased by the department in these towns in the last five years;
(b) please provide details of any houses planned to be built or purchased by the department in the next two years;
(c) will the Minister provide a detailed list of maintenance requests lodged in the last 3 years and outline any spending that occurred in relation to each request; and
(d) will the Minister outline the estimated budget allocation for maintenance of houses owned and/or managed by the Department of Housing in each town for the 2019-20 and 2020-2021 financial years?

Answered on 24 October 2019

(a)  In the financial years 2014-15 to 2018-19, the Department of Communities completed construction of 107 properties in Carnarvon, Karratha, Newman, Tom Price and Port Hedland.

  • Carnarvon – 23
  • Karratha – 4
  • Newman – 10
  • Port Hedland – 70
  • Tom Price – Nil

       In the same period, the Department of Communities purchased four properties in Karratha and four in Port Hedland.

(b)   In the financial years 2019-20 to 2020-21, the Department of Communities plans to complete construction of one property in Karratha for community housing and plans to purchase one property in Port Hedland for public housing.

(c)   [See tabled paper No.]

(d)   The Department of Communities’ public housing and Government Regional Officer Housing (GROH) maintenance budget is allocated by region.

       The estimated 2019-20 maintenance budget allocation for the Pilbara region, which includes the towns of Karratha, Newman, Tom Price and Port Hedland, is $10,621,284 for public housing and $3,641,378 for GROH.

       The estimated 2019-20 maintenance budget allocation for the Midwest region, which includes the town of Carnarvon is $12,129,396 for public housing and $2,315,845 for GROH.

       The Department of Communities will be reviewing the public housing and GROH maintenance budgets for the 2020-21 financial year in early 2020.

       The Community Housing Maintenance budget is not allocated by town or region but allocated by program type. The estimated Community Housing Maintenance budget for 2019 – 2020 is $2,130,500 and
       for 2020 – 2021 is $2,171,390.