MAINTENANCE arrangements for 6,300 public housing properties in the Pilbara and Mid-West regions are secure after Programmed acquired the Western Australian Government contract for the region.
Pindan Asset Management was placed into administration in May this year, and Programmed has been maintaining the homes in an interim capacity since 8 June.
Pindan Asset Management is separate to the broader Pindan Group Pty Ltd and Pindan Contracting Pty Ltd.
During the interim license period from 8 June, Programmed ensured services to public housing tenants was maintained while subcontractors continued to receive a sustainable workflow.
Properties owned by the Western Australian Government Department of Communities and serviced by 129 Pindan-appointed subcontractors, who employ 437 employees across both regional areas; of which 70 are indigenous employees provide plumbing, electrical, carpentry and other trades services to ensure maintenance works and services are undertaken.
Approximately 90 staff previously employed by Pindan Asset Management will transfer to Programmed.
Programmed Managing Director and Group CEO Glenn Thompson said: “Programmed is proud to provide certainty to thousands of tenants and hundreds of tradespeople about their homes and jobs”.
“Social housing is an integral and important part of Australian culture, and we are delighted to be playing our part in maintaining these important community assets.
“Programmed already provides social housing support in the South Metropolitan, South West and Great Southern Regions, and we are proud to add the Pilbara and Mid-West Regions to those communities we serve.
“We are committed to supporting the Government’s vision to create and retain work opportunities, provide quality social housing maintenance, boost apprenticeships and support local employment outcomes for Aboriginal people.”
Hear directly from Programmed’s WA General Manager in Facility Management, John Pirie, who was interviewed on GWN7 News:
The Government media release is available to view via the link.