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Parliamentary Questions


Question Without Notice No. 536 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 June 2022 by Hon Sophia Moermond

Parliament: 41 Session: 1

HOUSING — CO-OPERATIVES — SENIORS

536. Hon SOPHIA MOERMOND to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Housing:

Witchcliffe Ecovillage is a sustainable development as part of the Kyloring Housing Co-operative, which aims to provide affordable co-housing for seniors. Given the rising costs of living, which disproportionately affect older single women in retirement, I ask —

(1) What funding is the government providing to incentivise new senior co-housing projects, particularly those aimed at women?

(2) Given the unique legal structure of senior co-housing projects, what red tape can the government cut to make it easier for those projects to move forward?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

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

(1) The state government is investing in several housing programs that are proven to boost the community housing sector. For example, the $39 million—I will check that, Hansard—Social Housing Economic Recovery Package's new-build program includes nearly one-third of projects that will provide senior housing, including for women at risk of or experiencing homelessness. This is part of our $2.4 billion investment in housing and homelessness over the next four years.

(2) Cooperatives are registered under the Co-operatives Act 2009, which is administered by the Minister for Commerce through the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Consumer Protection division. Cooperatives legislation is nationally uniform and a national working party reviews issues arising under this legislation.