City commends state housing stimulus project

Published: Monday, 8 June 2020 at 12:19:33 PM

The City of Greater Geraldton have commended the state government’s recently announced Social Housing Economic Recovery package saying it is a great opportunity for suburbs in Geraldton.

A $319 million stimulus is set to refurbish 1,500 homes, deliver about 250 new dwellings for government housing and rollout a regional maintenance program for 3,800 homes in Western Australia.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said it was a great opportunity to revitalise suburbs such as Spalding.

“This is a really positive announcement and we are hoping it will help us stimulate some of our suburbs where neglected state housing is well overdue for a clean-up,” he said.

“It would be great to see the large amount of boarded up state houses in Geraldton returned to supply and help us to give new life to some of our suburbs.

“We’re seeking more details from the state government at the moment, but we’re hoping to get on the front foot and see some of this funding hit Geraldton which was also be a great stimulus for local jobs.”

The Department of Communities and the City have partnered in the past to develop a precinct plan for the future development of the suburb of Spalding, with draft designs completed last year.

Mayor Van Styn said the City had invested in suburbs including Spalding, with ongoing investment in renewals such as footpaths.

“We’ve spent years working with the state government on Spalding so we are hoping the recovery package will be fruitful for this area and other suburbs in Geraldton with derelict state housing that desperately needs renovating,” he said.

In a joint media statement from WA Premier Hon Mark McGowan MLA and Minister for Housing Hon Peter Tinley MLA, the plan is scheduled for immediate rollout.

Read the full media statement here.

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