09/11/2010 - 12:27

200th regional government house finished

09/11/2010 - 12:27

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The state government says a significant milestone has been reached with the completion of the 200th regional home for government employees funded under the Royalties for Regional scheme.

The state government says a significant milestone has been reached with the completion of the 200th regional home for government employees funded under the Royalties for Regional scheme.

The home in Karratha is ready to be tenanted.

The state government is aiming to build 400 houses that will house government workers like teachers and police officers.

Another 136 homes are currently under construction.

"Suitable housing for crucial workers such as police and teachers is essential to ensure that the Government can continue to attract and retain people to take up positions in regional areas," said Housing Minister Bill Marmion.

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the '400 Program' was on track to be finished by December 2011.

"$200million of the State Government's Royalties for Regions funds has been committed to this project to ensure housing is delivered in regional Western Australia to encourage people to remain and work in the bush," Mr Grylls said.

 

See statement from Ministers below:

The 200th home to be built under the Government Regional Officer Housing (GROH) program is ready for tenants, marking an important milestone for the State Government.

Housing Minister Bill Marmion and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls inspected the home in Karratha, which has been built as part of the State Government's Royalties for Regions '400 Program' which aims to deliver 400 GROH houses.

Mr Marmion said while the 200th house had been completed, another 136 were currently being built.

"Suitable housing for crucial workers such as police and teachers is essential to ensure that the Government can continue to attract and retain people to take up positions in regional areas," Mr Marmion said.

"The Government will continue to use Royalties for Regions' funding to encourage and retain people in the regions, as well as providing employment opportunities."

Mr Grylls said the '400 Program' was on track to be finished by December 2011.

"$200million of the State Government's Royalties for Regions funds has been committed to this project to ensure housing is delivered in regional Western Australia to encourage people to remain and work in the bush," Mr Grylls said.

"Another benefit of the program has been increased local employment in the construction industry across WA."

The homes are being built for Government employees to ease housing shortages across the State. They will house workers across a range of agencies including fisheries, police, education and child protection.

 

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