Since 2003, State government agencies have been working on plans to establish an accommodation centre in Coober Pedy to provide transient and homeless Aboriginal people with a safe and affordable place to stay when visiting the town.1
In September 2009, Housing SA expected a centre to be up and running in Coober Pedy by no later than June 2011.2 This timeframe was not met.
On 5 March 2013, the Government announced plans to accelerate construction of the $3.4 million centre as part of new efforts “to stimulate and support South Australia’s housing and construction industry.”3
The centre is expected to be located “at the end of Hutchison Street, diagonally opposite Hospital Road.”4
On 13 March 2013, the Government advised the Paper Tracker that:
- It had “not yet determined” how many people will be able to be accommodated at the centre at any one time but that this would be “finalised in the final design specification”, and
- it could not currently provide any information on when construction of the centre would begin or when it would be completed.5
The Paper Tracker has been monitoring plans to build this accommodation centre since February 2008.
- See: Aboriginal Housing Authority, 25 May 2005, “Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee: a presentation by the Aboriginal Housing Authority,” p7.
- Housing SA. September 2009, Naha Blah, newsletter, p3.
- Weatherill, J. & Koutsantonis, T. 5 March 2013. “Government to bring forward construction projects to stimulate industry”, Government of South Australia, news release.
- “Proposed Transitional Accom. Needs Consultation Say Residents”. 14 March 2013. Coober Pedy Regional Times, p1.
- Cox, L (Dept. for Communities and Social Inclusion). 13 March 2013. Emails to J. Nicholls/Paper Tracker.