Housing Minister Peter Tinley has announced the first maintenance contracts in the East and West Kimberley under the $319 million Social Housing Economic Recovery Package (SHERP) during Community Cabinet in Broome.
Broome-based property maintenance businesses Kimberley Sun, Broome Painting and Paul Millar will undertake painting work at 28 properties, while Boab Fencing will undertake fencing work at another three properties. This work is valued at $338,000.
In the East Kimberley, CMT Building will install flooring in two homes and security screens at another two properties in Halls Creek valued at $63,000. Camlismar Pty Ltd has been contracted to undertake tree management at four homes in Kununurra, while Kununurra Maintenance Service will replace flooring in two properties, with the combined contracts
The $319 million package will see 1,500 public and community houses refurbished, a rolling maintenance program targeting 3,800 regional dwellings and the delivery of about 250 new homes to help meet Western Australia’s social housing needs.
The Department of Communities is managing the rollout of the package with the maintenance program now well underway and the refurbishment program about to commence.
At August 31, more than $1.5 million in regional maintenance works for 175 properties had
been awarded to 23 local contractors in WA.
For more information visit: https://www.communities.wa.gov.au/projects/social-housing-economic-recovery-package-sherp
As stated by Housing Minister Peter Tinley:
“It is great to see local businesses like Kimberley Sun, CMT Building and Kununurra Maintenance Service directly benefit from government investment which is providing a pipeline of works to improve WA’s social housing stock.
“Creating and supporting employment opportunities for Western Australians is a key aim of our Government’s economic recovery measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This $319 million package offers a range of opportunities for local tradespeople, businesses and services to tender and contract for work over the next two years.
“To date, three local businesses have received maintenance work in the East Kimberley totalling $111,500, while in the West Kimberley four local businesses are undertaking work valued at $338,200.
“These contracts help provide ongoing employment for people living in the Kimberley, while also supporting communities that have been impacted by the pandemic.”