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Construction contract awarded for women’s refuge expansions

The WA Government’s $4 million construction project to expand the accommodation and service capacity of the new women’s refuges in Peel and Kwinana has commenced.

Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk today announced that the contract to deliver the works has been awarded to Western Australian company Pindan Projects.

The refuge expansions, which were funded as part of the WA Recovery Plan, will double the current capacity of both refuges, with six additional accommodation units to be built at each site.

They were announced as part of a $28.1 million support package for victims of family and domestic violence in July to assist community service providers in continuing to respond to violence impacting women, children and families in the context of COVID-19.

The refuge expansion project is also contributing to economic recovery in regional areas through infrastructure-driven job creation.

Earthworks for the expansion project commenced at both sites in December 2020 and further in-ground services and concrete slab pours have now been finished.

Expansion works are expected to be completed by August this year, with service delivery to commence immediately afterwards.