Regional Western Australia welcomes workers housing boost
Those who work in Western Australia's regional areas will be familiar with challenges that living in isolated locations presents, including the proximity of essential services, lack of shopping options and limited employment opportunities.
While employment is not necessarily the biggest issue facing those who live in the resource-rich mid-west region, a lack of affordable accommodation is a severe problem.
The state government has recognised the housing pressures facing the mid-west towns of Mingenew, Three Springs and Perenjori, launching an initiative to deliver more residential property options for the region's workers.
State regional development minister Brendon Grylls said the towns were in middle of a mining hub, but had inadequate housing availability to cater for those who work in the area.
"With growing mining activity and population increases, the level of local government services required is also growing, which means it is vital to the sustainability of these towns that they are able to attract, retain and appropriately house their employees," Mr Grylls explained.
"Providing quality housing for local government employees and their families will assist the shires in attracting workers to the region in a competitive labour market."
The $1.14 million project will see several houses built in the three towns, providing more rental property options in the areas.