$39.3 million Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation project to be built in Cannington

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Cannington has been chosen as the location for a metropolitan first Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation.

The $39.3 million facility will provide culturally appropriate and affordable short-term accommodation for Aboriginal people travelling from regional areas to the city to access services or for business, cultural or family reasons.

The site was selected after consultation with the Aboriginal community and Elders.

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The government announced on Monday that the facility would be built at 110A Hamilton Street, citing its size and proximity to amenities, services and public transport.

It will be modelled around existing facilities currently operating in WA in Kalgoorlie, Broome and Derby.

Housing Minister John Carey said the accommodation would provide a ”safe and secure place” for Aboriginal people to stay and in turn reduce “rough sleeping and overcrowding in public housing”.

“The Perth short stay will be designed with Elders, Aboriginal people and organisations from across the State to ensure it meets the needs of future guests,” Mr Carey said.

The development — a 2021 State election commitment from Labor — will include a range of single and family guest accommodation units alongside universal access rooms, laundry facilities, recreation spaces and communal areas.

Cannington will not be the only place in WA to get a new facility with two further Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation set to be built in Geraldton and Kununurra.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti said the project would act as part of a “range of measures aimed at Closing the Gap in Western Australia”.

“Housing and accommodation are key components of Closing the Gap and we know from our broad consultation that Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation facilities help achieve better outcomes in other areas like health and education,” Mr Buti said.

Cannington MLA Bill Johnston said he was pleased the facility would be built in his electorate.

“Cannington is one of the most culturally diverse electorates in the State and I look forward to seeing this facility play a significant role in assisting not only the local community, but visitors who have travelled from regional and remote areas,” Mr Johnston said.

The State Government will announce a request for tender this month for architects to design the Perth project, with construction expected to begin in 2024.

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