2021-22 WA State Budget allocates $80 million for delivery of modular housing
The West Australian government has announced last week it will allocate an extra $875 million towards social housing (WA modular housing), as it prepares to hand down the state budget on Thursday.
From that $875 million, $80 million will be allocated to the supply of an additional 150 social housing properties in regional Western Australia (WA) through a program of modular housing builds.
A government spokesperson from the Housing Minster’s office indicated there will be a tender issued for the supply of modular housing but it hasn’t been formalised.
However, the WA modular housing rollout is expected to be completed by mid-2023.
The funding comprises a $750 million social housing investment fund — most of which will be spent on new social houses in the following 2022-23 financial year, with the remaining $228 million to be spent on short-term projects.
In total, more than $2.1 billion will be spent on social housing over four years, to build about 3,300 new properties.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said the $875 million represented a record increase in the social housing budget.
“There’s lots of people out there who for various reasons — disabilities, they’re ageing, they might have suffered from domestic violence, or they might be down on their luck — need public housing, so this will ensure that we can provide many more public houses across the state,” Mr McGowan said.
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