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More affordable public housing for Broome - Eco Designed

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More affordable public housing for Broome - Eco Designed

The WA State Government is making decisions for the future by providing more affordable and accessible public housing for families and seniors in Broome.

Housing and Works Minister Michelle Roberts said 15 new lots near the southern end of Cable Beach had been purchased and would be developed into public housing.

“The lots are close to the centre of town, which will ensure that residents have access to all essential services,” Mrs Roberts said.

“We are making sure that families and seniors are catered for in this exiting new development.”

The land, which has been bought for $4.27million, includes two lots in Bernard Way and a further 13 residential lots in LandCorp’s new Januburu Six Seasons subdivision. The development will accommodate an approximate total of 32 new homes.

Total construction cost for the development, which includes houses and units for families and seniors, will be about $8.5million.

“To help address the need for more housing for senior members of the community, the State Government is building 12 two-bedroom units designed specifically for their needs,” Mrs Roberts said.

“A mix of three and four-bedroom family homes will be built on the remaining development land.”

Mrs Roberts said all the lots were fully serviced and the homes would be designed to meet energy and water efficiency requirements.

Franco Carozzi Architects have been appointed to design and administer the construction on the Bernard Way lots.

Januburu Estate’s design guidelines incorporate water-sensitive urban design features and will use passive solar orientation principles to help reduce energy use.

Kimberley MLA Carol Martin welcomed the new development.

“Broome is not only an exciting holiday destination; more people are seeing it as a great place to live,” Mrs Martin said.

“There has been a big demand for housing in Broome and this new development will provide a range of options for families and seniors wanting to live here.”

Mrs Roberts said the State Government was committed to providing quality public housing and would continue to seize every opportunity to do so in the region.

“This purchase is a key part of a wider land acquisition program by the State Government, which will spend about $83million on land purchases this financial year, and build more than 860 new dwellings for public housing,” she said.

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