A 5.8ha lot just 500m from the centre of town has been backed by the Shire of Exmouth to be a key part of the solution to Exmouth’s accommodation crisis. The State’s housing crisis has been felt particularly hard in tourism-focused towns such as Broome and Exmouth, with the Pilbara News reporting in June business owners were resorting to hosting workers in their own homes. The 5.8ha Murat Road site is about 500m north-east of the Exmouth town centre and opposite the Exmouth Golf Club. At the meeting on November 25 councillors approved a local planning scheme amendment to allow construction of workforce accommodation and put the request to the Department of Planning for approval. The motion was endorsed with 12 conditions including containing units to one bedroom, and ensuring any development could be adapted for future tourism and residential purposes. Shire of Exmouth president Darlene Allston said the town’s booming tourism scene meant more staff were needed, putting additional pressure on the property market. “Staff are willing to move here for work. However, they cannot as they have trouble finding suitable accommodation,” she said. “Council has advocated since 2019 for new developments, encouraging new housing solutions, and the scheme amendment facilitates a long-term perspective and answer to one of our most urgent issues. “In the next steps, the State Government will negotiate further details with the preferred developer.” The move comes after the local government in May approved a proposal to rezone commercial land to allow construction of temporary accommodation units south-east of the Exmouth town centre.