New affordable housing for Rockingham

Media Release

WT162/2015

02 June 2015

Joint release with:

Terry Redman

WA Minister for Regional Development
WA Minister for Lands

Michaelia Cash

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women Senator for Western Australia

Affordable housing is one step closer for Rockingham residents as they break ground on the Rockingham Strategic Regional Centre Renewal project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had committed $3.75 million toward the project under the $20 million Liveable Communities Programme.

“We are working hard to deliver social and economic infrastructure that creates long term benefits for all Australians. The Liveable Communities Programme does just that by helping state, territory and local governments meet the challenges of improving quality of life in our capitals and major regional cities.”

Senator for Western Australia Michaelia Cash was onsite today to turn the first sod, and said the project was part of a broader plan to convert Rockingham from a low density, car-oriented city into a transit-friendly city.

“The Access Housing project will provide a mix of owner-occupied and affordable private rentals in the inner city area,” Senator Cash said.

“The project will also include work on the first stage of a rapid bus transit system to move large numbers of passengers quickly and comfortably around the city.”

Western Australian Minister for Regional Development and Minister for Lands Terry Redman said works will include the construction of a 30-unit medium density residential building in the inner city.

“The new building will be constructed using five-star principles and sustainable building materials that will show an alternate way of living for the area's growing population,” Mr Redman said.

“Construction is expected to be completed by late 2016.”

The Australian Government has committed $3.75 million and the Western Australian Government $16.4 million towards this project.