To retain existing residents and to be recognised as preferred locations for new residents, communities in the Great Southern need to be able to offer a range of employment opportunities, supportive social environments and attractive local amenity.
Building strong communities will mean planning for the projected demand for human services, and attending to needs such as health care and early childhood development.
Liveable communities will be sustained by enhancing and revitalising town centres, providing amenities such as sport and recreation facilities, and encouraging arts and cultural programs. Communities need affordable housing for seniors.
Post-secondary students need suitable housing, and there is a particular need for affordable accommodation options for government and non-government workers to meet regional demand for service provision and season employment.
Projects under way to build strong communities include a two-stage project to provide affordable student housing in Albany. Stage 1 is in the Norman House precinct near the UWA Albany Centre, providing five four-bed residential units for technical and tertiary students. Stage 2 will provide a 40-bed facility at the old Albany Primary School site on Serpentine Road.
Both stages are funded through the Growing Our South initiative, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, with $1.17 million for Stage 1 and 10.997 for Stage 2.
Nyabing’s Community Hub project is a multi-faceted initiative that will be a focal point for community services, hospitality and activities. The hub will help to retain essential services in the town, and it includes short- and medium-term accommodation.