Great Southern set to receive six new modular homes to combat housing shortage

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Housing Minister John Carey.
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Six new modular homes are set to be delivered to the Great Southern in the latest State Government bid to fast-track social housing across WA.

Albany was allocated four new modular homes under the first round of the WA Government’s Modular Build Program in November, among 15 new homes to be rolled out across four regional locations.

On Tuesday Housing Minister John Carey announced a further two homes would be built for Albany and four in Katanning as part of the next $9 million round which will deliver a further 21 homes.

Construction of Albany’s first four homes are set to begin soon, with all six modular homes expected to be ready for use in Albany by October.

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The location of the homes will be decided by the Department of Communities based on available land.

Mr Carey said the State Government needed to be agile in delivering social housing amid a heated construction market.

“It offers many advantages including less risk of weather delays and works able to be carried out on-site simultaneously with the factory build,” he said

“The companies that deliver these homes have all the necessary trades in house, so they have the capacity to deliver faster than traditional builds in the current market.”

It is anticipated 150 modular homes will be delivered to regional WA.

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