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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1216 asked in the Legislative Council on 23 October 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

HOUSING — SERVICE WORKERS — KARRATHA

1216. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the Minister for Regional Development:

I refer to recent reports in the media outlining that businesses in Karratha are already facing difficulties in attracting and retaining staff ahead of the purported resources boom.

Will the minister please outline any plans for infrastructure development or housing affordability schemes to keep housing affordability at a reasonable and sustainable level for service workers in Karratha?

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN replied:

I thank the member for the question. The member, no doubt, shares our view that the recent increases in house prices in Karratha mark a return to economic optimism for this town.

Hon Darren West: Finally!

Hon ALANNAH MacTIERNAN: Finally, as members were saying.

With regard to infrastructure development, the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is undertaking a land supply analysis for Karratha to ensure that the state government is well prepared for what the future may bring. There are 150 available lots ready for housing to be built in Karratha. In addition, DevelopmentWA has another 600 developable lots in Madigan Estate and 400 in Mulataga to Karratha's east. These lots could be brought online within 18 to 24 months, if required. DevelopmentWA is actively working on strategies to mitigate any potential supply gaps and this week is conducting builders' workshops to address what needs to be done to create house and land packages to meet market expectations.

The government-owned Warambie Estate service workers' accommodation, provides low-rental housing to essential service workers. There are 16 currently available and 17 undergoing capital works to achieve a lettable standard. At current rates, this has between 12 and 18 months of supply.