Derby Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation


Derby Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation


Project status: Construction completed

An innovative short-stay Aboriginal visitor opened in Derby in 2014 after $11.4 million of Royalties for Regions was invested into its design and construction.

Research shows up to 10 per cent of Aboriginal people in regional centres like Derby are temporary residents, from surrounding remote communities visiting family and accessing important government services. This facility will provide affordable and culturally appropriate short-stay accommodation for up to 54 people visiting Derby.

Located on Ashley Street, residents can stay at the facility for up to a month and accommodation charges include two meals per day.

The building includes:

  • Administration office
  • Families and single accommodation rooms
  • Commercial kitchen
  • Recreation facilities
  • Children's playground
  • Barbecue areas
  • Manager's accommodation.

The hostels and services are modelled on current best practice and should assist illegal camping, antisocial behaviour and illness associated with sleeping in the open. The facilities will enable government and other service providers to better support the needs of Aboriginal people.

Maintenance of the facility has been funded for a period of three years.