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Question Without Notice No. 648 asked in the Legislative Council on 18 June 2020 by Hon Tim Clifford

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

Answered on 18 June 2020

CORONAVIRUS — SOCIAL HOUSING ECONOMIC RECOVERY PACKAGE

648. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Housing:

I refer to the housing stimulus package announced on 7 June, specifically relating to construction of social housing.

(1) Where will the new dwellings be located?

(2) Will there be reasonable access to public transport?

(3) What energy-efficient measures will be implemented?

(4) To what energy-efficient standard will these homes comply?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

(1)–(2) The social housing economic recovery package announced by the Premier on 7 June 2020 will deliver approximately 250 new builds and off-the-plan construction-ready purchases across metropolitan and regional areas. It is intended that approximately 30 per cent of new builds will be in regional Western Australia. Land asset identification and allocation is underway and sites will be determined over the coming months.

(3)–(4) In addition to construction materials and methods, significant consideration will be given to broader design aspects of each property, such as solar orientation, as is the case with all new properties delivered by the Department of Communities. All new homes will meet the Australian building codes and standards, including the six-star nationwide house energy rating scheme.