Plans for a new Aboriginal short stay accommodation facility in Kununurra are a step closer after the State Government released the tender for its architectural and design work.
The $20 million purpose-built facility, promised by the State Government in September 2020, will offer affordable, family-friendly accommodation for up to 102 visitors a night, with guests able to stay for up to 28 days.
The Department of Communities is managing site selection, design and construction of the accommodation and has engaged stakeholders in Halls Creek, Wyndham, Warmun, Kalumburu, Balgo, Wadeye and Timber Creek to inform its plans.
Member for Kimberley Divina D’Anna said the Kununurra facility would be modelled on other Aboriginal short-stay accommodation facilities in Derby, Broome and Kalgoorlie.
“I know firsthand how important the Broome and Derby Aboriginal short-stay facility has been for people living in remote communities in the west Kimberley; the Kununurra facility will help expand this successful model to people in the east Kimberley,” she said.
“Travelling to larger regional centres is a part of life for Aboriginal people living in remote communities and the Aboriginal short-stay model ensures they have a culturally appropriate place to stay, helping to avoid issues such as overcrowding or sleeping rough.
“The design is one of the most important aspects and it’s absolutely critical it meets the needs of the Aboriginal communities who will be using the accommodation.”
Tenders for the project close on March 3, with an expected opening date to be announced later this year.