The Department of Communities has awarded the first contracts in the Kimberley region under the State Government’s $319 million Social Housing Economic Recovery Package (SHERP).

The contracts were awarded to seven local businesses across the East and West Kimberley, with 41 social housing properties to receive maintenance as part of the works.

Announced by the State Government in June, the SHERP represents significant government investment in a pipeline of works to support the WA construction industry and aid the state’s COVID-19 economic recovery while improving the lifespan and quality of homes available for social housing.

Broome-based property maintenance businesses Kimberley Sun, Broome Painting and Paul Millar will undertake painting work at 28 social housing properties, while Boab Fencing will undertake fencing work at another three properties. This work is valued at $338,000.

In the East Kimberley, CMT Building will install flooring in two homes and security screens at another two properties in Halls Creek valued at $63,000.

Camlismar Pty Ltd has been contracted to undertake tree management at four homes in Kununurra, while Kununurra Maintenance Service will replace flooring in two properties, with the combined contracts totalling $48,500.

Minister for Housing Peter Tinley said the contracts helped to provide ongoing employment for people living in the Kimberley, while also supporting communities that had been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Creating and supporting employment opportunities for Western Australians is a key aim of our Government's economic recovery measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

"This $319 million package offers a range of opportunities for local tradespeople, businesses and services to tender and contract for work over the next two years.”

The SHERP will see the delivery of 250 new social and affordable dwellings, refurbishment of 1500 existing social houses and maintenance of 3800 social dwellings in regional and remote communities.

The Department of Communities is managing the rollout of the package with the maintenance program now well underway and the refurbishment program about to commence.

For more information on the SHERP, visit our Social Housing Economic Recovery Package web page.