Temporary housing in decline: data

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

More Port Hedland people are living in permanent housing as the effects of the end of the mining boom are starting to be seen.

According to 2016 Census data released last month, the types of dwellings throughout the Hedland region have changed dramatically.

The total number of homes in South Hedland increased by 62 per cent between 2006 and 2016, while the number of Port Hedland homes increased by 28 per cent during the same period.

The most remarkable change in housing, however, can be seen in non-house dwellings — those that are temporary such as tents and sleep-outs.

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The number of temporary dwellings in Port Hedland decreased by 83 per cent between 2006 and 2016, while South Hedland’s numbers increased from zero in 2006 to 56 last year.

Real Estate Institute of Western Australia president Hayden Groves said the change in dwelling type was down to the decline in activity levels after the end of the construction boom.

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“As house sales have come down, listings have increased, which has left more available stock on the market,” he said. “Unfortunately, much of the stock was taken up by investors attracted by the high rental returns available at the time.

“Regional property markets influenced by the mining industry have always swung in a more pronounced fashion compared to more economically diverse regions.”

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Mr Groves also attributed the dramatic rise in homes classified as separate houses, which rose by 64.77 per cent in South Hedland, to the construction of Osprey Village.

“In terms of residential projects/developments, increased supply in response to severe capacity constraints during the boom years gave rise to rapid expansion of land and housing stocks in the area in an effort to meet demand,” he said.

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