Despite much fanfare and years of promotion, the McGowan Government’s premiere East Perth Common Ground project has been scrapped.
The project, that aimed to build 112 units in Perth and another 50 in Mandurah, was shelved because ‘value for money’ was not able to be demonstrated among a competitive construction market.
Shadow Housing Minister, the Hon Steve Martin MLC said the project’s cancellation was an insult to the nearly 1,000 Western Australians sleeping rough of WA streets.
“We have around 1,000 rough sleepers around the greater Perth area who will undoubtedly be feeling less optimistic this Government is looking out for them.
“The State Government are dragging their heels when it comes to taking care of our most vulnerable.
“The Boorloo Bidee Mia homeless shelter that was opened last year is also operating below 50% capacity,” said Mr Martin.
“Minister Carey said the decision was based around advice given by the Department of Communities.
“This is the second time the Housing and Homelessness Minister has used ‘value for money’ and a booming construction industry as an explanation for failing to deliver on projects, with the last instance being when he delayed social housing for the Kimberley.
“It simply isn’t good enough that Minister Carey will yet again hide behind the Department for his failings.
“First the State Government contributes to the worst inflation rate in the nation by refusing to put a freeze on fees and charges, then pulls out of a major project aimed at helping our most vulnerable they helped create.
“Minister Carey either needs to get on with the job or move aside for someone who will actually make a difference.”