Western Australia seeks bids for short-stay accommodation facility in Geraldton

WCN Editorial Team 22 Jun 2021 OCEANIA BUILDINGS

The Government of Western Australia (WA) is seeking bids from architects to design the $18m Geraldton Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation facility.

Funding for the purpose-built, short-stay accommodation facility was allocated by the state government under the Western Australian Recovery Plan.

The new facility will be marked as the fourth of its kind in Western Australia, with two other facilities planned to be built in Kununurra and Perth.

The project aims to provide affordable and safe accommodation for Aboriginal people travelling to Geraldton from regional and remote communities across the Midwest Gascoyne region for a range of services or for cultural reasons.

This facility is expected to feature a range of safe and secure single and family units along with ablution and laundry facilities, universal access rooms, dining and recreation spaces.

The Geraldton Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation will also include an administration and reception centre as well as manager's quarters.

Its design along with community consultation, public tender as well as the construction will be managed by the Department of Communities in consultation with local stakeholders.

The project is expected to create approximately 96 jobs during the construction phase and estimated to inject over $37m into the Mid-West economy.

Western Australia Housing minister John Carey said: “This has been a very successful model in other parts of Western Australia and it's fantastic this Geraldton project has reached an important milestone.

“Research shows that up to 10% of Aboriginal people in regional centres are temporary residents from surrounding remote communities who have travelled into town to access services that are only available in larger regional centres, visit family and to attend to shopping and personal business.

“The Geraldton Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation facility will provide short-term accommodation for Aboriginal people visiting the city. The three existing facilities have provided more than 100,000 bed nights of accommodation to date.”

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The Geraldton Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation facility will feature a range of safe and secure single and family units. Credit: Silas Camargo Silão from Pixabay.

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