A new $21.1 million short stay accommodation facility for Aboriginal visitors to Broome is one step closer after the WA government called for construction tenders for the project.
Housing minister Colin Holt said the facility — expected to open in mid 2018 — would provide up to 100 beds. It will be built on the corner of Pembroke Rd and Dickson Drive.
“The Housing Authority has worked closely with Nyamba Buru Yawuru Aboriginal Corporation and the Shire of Broome to secure a suitable site and support for the project,” Mr Holt said.
“This facility will provide Aboriginal guests with safe and secure accommodation, while enabling improved access to support services available in Broome.
“Many people need to come to Broome for family, health, business or cultural reasons and may otherwise sleep rough or overcrowd public housing during their stay.”
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said visitors from remote communities across the Kimberley would also have improved access to support services.
He said the facility was the third of its type after Kalgoorlie and Derby and would be managed by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support.
The project was made possible under the government’s Royalties for Regions program.
The winning tender will be announced later this year.
The Kimberley’s first Aboriginal short stay facility opened in Derby in 2014 and has provided nearly 21,000 bed nights of accommodation.