Construction of 50 co-designed houses for the East Kimberley transitional housing expansion, supported by the North West Aboriginal Housing Fund, are well underway with houses already home for several families in Kununurra and Wyndham.
The fund’s co-design partners recently had the opportunity to walk through the newly constructed transitional housing properties in Halls Creek. Facilitated by the fund’s partnership with Binarri-binyja yarrawoo Aboriginal Corporation the houses, at 28 Halls Street, have been designed in conjunction with the Halls Creek Local Management Committee which is made up of senior representatives from local Aboriginal organisations.
The co-design process began by developing a set of principles which guide housing location, density and design. Houses are built in aspirational areas, as recommended by committee members, where easy access to schools and hospitals exist. The selection of the lot, development of site plans and the design of the housing floor plans were all done in consultation with local management committee members.
Houses maximise privacy for families built with no common walls or areas but with outdoor spaces that have room for children to play and can accommodate pets. A mix of open and closed-plan living choices have been designed to acknowledge cultural obligations and the varying needs of individuals and families.
Danielle Tucker, Community Development Advisor for Binarri-binyja yarrawoo Aboriginal Corporation told the Fund program office that “The local Management Committee were very happy with the design, especially liking the outdoor areas and ensuite.”
Additional transitional houses will be constructed in Halls Creek over the next 18 months. The staggering of construction work enables ongoing employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal apprentices and employees.
To find out more about the North-West Aboriginal Housing Fund, contact the program office at NWAHF@communities.wa.gov.au