Housing Minister Bill Marmion has marked the construction of 44 new homes to help ease pressure on housing in South Hedland.
Mr Marmion visited the first stage of the Department of Housing’s Cottier Apartment development, which will initially provide 44 apartments. The Minister said the Cottier Apartment complex was expected to be completed in July 2014.
“The development will offer a range of housing options with the majority of apartments for sale to the general public,” he said.
“This innovative housing initiative will help ease some of the pressure on the shortage of housing in the town, with stage one delivering 44 units, made up of one, two and three-bedroom apartments.
“The Cottier apartments are within easy reach of the Port and South Hedland hubs, and a range of amenities including the South Hedland Aquatic Centre and new sports complex.”
Mr Marmion said the development would deliver housing suitable for a range of household types with varying needs.
“The project will also support a number of affordable housing outcomes through the provision of a proportion of houses for social rental housing, National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) housing, Government Regional Officers Housing and shared home ownership opportunities,” he said.
“Overall, the development has the capacity to deliver up to 112 homes with construction of stage two providing up to an additional 32 units, and stage three, 36 units. These future stages will be progressed subject to market conditions.”
The Minister said the project demonstrated the department’s commitment to growth in the region and offered a fresh approach to community living in the Pilbara.
“This project sets a new benchmark for residential development in South Hedland, delivering innovative, high-quality housing to support the State Government’s target of 20,000 affordable homes by 2020,” he said.
• The Cottier apartment complex is situated at the corner of Cottier Drive and Smith Street on a 2.2-hectare site, about one kilometre from the South Hedland town centre
• The Department of Housing will deliver 125 dwellings for service workers under the Hedland 125 Service Worker Intervention Package by early June
• Construction is continuing on stage one of the Osprey Subdivision in South Hedland to produce 111 lots for housing
• The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) is a Federal Government initiative which through partnership with the States and Territories, aims to significantly increase the supply of new affordable rental dwellings across Australia