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Question Without Notice No. 704 asked in the Legislative Council on 25 June 2020 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon P.C. Tinley
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 25 June 2020

SOCIAL HOUSING ECONOMIC RECOVERY PACKAGE — REGIONAL WESTERN AUSTRALIA

704. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Housing:

I refer to the $444 million housing stimulus package announced on 7 June 2020.

(1) Of the $142 million that will be spent refurbishing social housing dwellings, how much will be allocated for dwellings in regional WA, and will the minister please provide the breakdown by regional spend?

(2) With regard to (1), will the minister please list the regional local government areas and towns in which these works will be carried out and identify the number of new builds in each town?

(3) Will the minister please provide a breakdown of regional local government areas, towns and/or communities in which the $80 million for targeted maintenance will be spent?

(4) What plans are in place for tenants of dwellings in which refurbishment or maintenance works are to be carried out?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The social housing economic recovery package announced by the Premier on 7 June 2020 will deliver a $141.7 million refurbishment stream to around 1 500 dwellings in both metropolitan Perth and regional WA. It is intended that approximately 30 per cent of this refurbishment program will be delivered in regional Western Australia.

(2) The Department of Communities is currently identifying properties that require refurbishment works and is undertaking the necessary planning to enable works to commence over the coming months.

With respect to the new builds, the department will prioritise allocating readily available sites to ensure that works can commence as soon as possible, and align locations and dwelling configurations with public housing demand. Land asset identification and allocation is underway. The final quantum of sites by region will be determined over the coming months.

(3) The $80 million targeted maintenance program will deliver works to 3 800 regional properties across WA, including public housing, community housing, housing in remote Aboriginal communities and subsidised housing for regional government workers. The Department of Communities is currently identifying regional properties that require maintenance works, with specific locations and regional breakdowns to be determined over the coming months.

(4) Once the properties have been identified for refurbishment works, the Department of Communities will engage with its clients to ensure that an appropriate relocation plan is put in place to minimise disruption. The Department of Communities intends to utilise vacant and newly constructed dwellings to assist with relocations.