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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 822 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 October 2021 by Hon Steve Martin

Minister responding: Hon J.N. Carey
Parliament: 41 Session: 1

Answered on

SOCIAL HOUSING — REGIONS — MODULAR CONSTRUCTION

822. Hon STEVE MARTIN to the Leader of the House representing the Minister for Housing:

I refer to the government's answer to my question without notice 750 asked on 16 September 2021.

(1) When does the government expect the design phase of the plan to deliver 134 modular homes in regional WA to be completed?

(2) Is the expected completion date acceptable in light of the severity of the housing crisis, particularly in regional Western Australia?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

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

(1)–(2) The McGowan government will invest $2.1 billion into social housing over the next four years, which includes the recently announced record investment of $875 million as part of the 2021–22 state budget. This is the single largest one-off investment into social housing in the state's history and will provide an immediate boost to social housing. Modular construction, in addition to traditional construction methodologies, ensures that more homes can be delivered in regional locations given current market constraints. Early tender advice has been publicly advertised notifying that the Department of Communities will be seeking expressions of interest to establish a prefabricated residential housing builders' panel. The establishment of the panel is a crucial component of the design phase and is being expedited to address social housing demand.