03/07/2014 - 14:59

New housing in Pilbara for workers

03/07/2014 - 14:59

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Service workers in Newman are set to benefit from more rental options, with tenancy applications open for 10 new homes.

New housing in Pilbara for workers
Housing minister Bill Marmion.

Service workers in Newman are set to benefit from more rental options, with tenancy applications open for 10 new homes.

The two-bedroom, two-bathroom units will be leased to businesses for rent to workers, with employers requested to apply online on behalf of eligible staff. 

“Newman is experiencing a critical shortage of housing, which has an impact on the services able to be offered in the town, so I expect great interest in these homes,” housing minister Bill Marmion said. 

Western Australian developer and builder Megara Constructions was awarded $4.18 million for the East Newmon residential estate, funded as part of the state government’s royalties for regions program. 

Regional development minister Terry Redman said the viability of the town depended on small to medium sized businesses being able to attract and retain staff. 

“The impact of Newman’s accommodation shortage is felt most by key workers employed in service industries such as childcare, emergency services, hospitality and retail,” Mr Redman said.

The average weekly rent in Newman is $1,600. 

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