Coral Bay receives $17.4m housing boost
The Western Australia government has launched a multimillion-dollar initiative to address housing shortages in the Coral Bay region, boosting accommodation options for workers in the area.
Opening the project yesterday (October 21), state regional development minister Brendon Grylls said the $17.4 million Coral Bay Service Workers Accommodation (SWA) will provide 37 houses for up to 75 workers.
The development is likely to be welcomed by Coral Bay residents who are forced to reside in costly tourist premises such as caravan parks and resort grounds because there are no suitable rental properties in the area.
"This project has provided more accommodation options for workers and will take pressure off accommodation designed for tourists to the area," Mr Grylls explained.
"To attract and retain staff, particularly in the peak tourism season, it is vital to provide seasonal workers with affordable, quality accommodation."
The housing scheme may attract more workers to the remote area, with increasing housing options a major drawcard for those who are interested in relocating to isolated regions across the state.
"This initiative will benefit Coral Bay's economy and have positive effects on the wider community, and importantly will help to keep accommodation rents in the town affordable," Mr Grylls added.