Regional accommodation boost for Western Australia
Residential property dwellers in Western Australia's Wheatbelt region are set to benefit from the state government's initiative to deliver more housing options in the area.
Regional development minister Brendon Grylls said the tight rental property market in Southern Cross and Westonia impacted on the retention of professional employees in the region, in turn negatively affecting the local economy.
A $720,000 cash injection will ease pressure off the rental market, with the funding boost enabling the construction of residential units in the two towns.
Mr Grylls said stage one of the Yilgarn-Westonia Multi-Purpose Accommodation Project will provide housing options for professionals, with stages two and three involving the development of well-aged accommodation for the area.
"The provision of adequate housing options is essential in overcoming the challenge of attracting professional employees to regional and remote areas, so it's great that Royalties for Regions funding is being used to address this," Mr Grylls commented.
"Through this project, the long-term sustainability of communities like Southern Cross and Westonia will be supported, which is a very positive regional development outcome."
Announcement of the housing project is likely to be welcomed by those who are considering employment in Southern Cross and Westonia, with adequate accommodation an essential aspect of working in remote locations.