Pilbara Housing Strategy
Gumala's Pilbara Housing Strategy is designed to ensure that our Members have access to affordable rental accommodation. It involves sourcing land and constructing appropriate residential accommodation for our Members to rent in the Pilbara. On the back of the Gumala housing survey and subsequent report, which highlighted housing needs of our Members throughout the Pilbara. Gumala is also fully committed to pursuing our Members’ Homeland Movement vision.
Gumala is currently focusing on projects in South Hedland and Tom Price land has been identified in those areas and is more accessible. After this, Gumala will be looking at housing solutions in other Pilbara towns including Onslow, Paraburdoo and Karratha, as well as the communities surrounding Tom Price.
Gumala is committed to a 5-year plan to construct approximately 150 homes for our Traditional Owners and their families by 2016. Gumala is looking to share the costs of building houses with Government and identifying reputable firms to provide their goods and services at fair rates.
Gumala’s South Hedland Housing Project is on track to enter the construction phase early in 2014. The design contract with Fleetwood Pty Ltd has been signed for 10 pre-fabricated modular homes. These three and four bedroom homes will be pre-fabricated in Perth and delivered to South Hedland. The homes will be erected on lots of land in the Demarchi Estate in South Hedland. Gumala is also making initial steps to engage a consultant to put a tenancy allocation process in place. In 2010 Gumala negotiated the purchase of these 10 residential lots of land in South Hedland's Demarchi sub-division.
In 2011 Gumala purchased seven individual lots of residential land in Tom Price, with a plan in place to construct homes for Members, as part of Gumala's Pilbara Housing Strategy. These lots of land range from 684–730m2 each and are located in Warrara Street, Tom Price.
Once the South Hedland Housing Project is underway, Gumala will concentrate on bringing the Tom Price Housing project to fruition.
Gumala has undertaken the initial scoping of modular building companies who are utilising the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs’ (FACHSIA’s) Indigenous housing guide.
WIRRILIMARRA PILOT PROJECT
In 2010 Gumala successfully brought to fruition the Wirrilimarra Pilot Project. The two new homes are the first residential homes at our remote community of Wirrilimarra (Mulga Downs). In addition to the houses, an ablution block and other facilities including a windmill, two bores and a shed are located on the 20-hectare homeland site.
ADDITIONAL HOUSING PROJECTS
Further land acquisitions by Gumala, the construction of affordable housing around the Pilbara is planned. Gumala is committed to a 5-year plan to construct approximately 150 homes for our Traditional Owners and their families by 2016. Gumala is looking to share the costs of building houses with Government and identifying reputable firms to provide their goods and services at fair rates.