West Kimberley Aboriginal Housing Project delayed for 2 years

What they promised

The Department of Housing will receive $33.89million over two years to fund the West Kimberley Transitional Housing Project.


What they say now

In the 2013-14 Mid-year review the Government delayed the funding Housing Project for 2 years


07 Mar 2014 - In the 2013-14 the Barnett Government announced a $34 million 2 year program to support aboriginal families in the West Kimberley to buy their own home. Just 4 months later the funding for 2013/14 and 2014/15 was axed. The program will not commence until 2015/16. .

Delaying the funding to the West Kimberley Transitional Housing Project will impact on Broome and Derby.  The program would have provided for the construction of 40 new houses in Broome and 20 in Derby between 2013 and 2015 to facilitate the transition of Aboriginal tenants who want to move from public housing to home ownership. 

The program had been welcomed by the Shire of Broome and the Shire of Derby Presidents.  Broome Advertiser p14

When announcing the policy the Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls stated the following:

  • 'Transitional housing helps to remove a key barrier to employment and provides the stability required for participants to engage in employment, education and training.  Families have the opportunity to purchase the house they are renting, which provides a strong incentive to stay employed and meet other requirements, such as ensuring their kids attend school.' Ministerial Media Statement 21 August  2013