Alcoa won’t rebuild houses destroyed in WA bushfire

Aluminium giant Alcoa will not rebuild the 35 house which were destroyed by the recent bushfire at Waroona and Yarloop in Western Australia.

The houses were located near the company’s Wagerup Alumina Refinery in a zone that was established in 2001 for future expansion of the company's bauxite residue storage area.

In total Alcoa owned 80 house in the zone. The company said 45 survived the bushfire, although seven will require further assessment to determine if they can be saved.

Almost all of the Alcoa houses were let to tenants. The company has suspended rental payments to provide relief to its remaining tenants, and has been assisting townspeople with equipment such as generators and water tanks. Alcoa volunteers are also assisting residents as they work through the aftermath of the fire.

 “It makes no sense to re-build houses on properties Alcoa purchased to establish a buffer zone for the Wagerup refinery,” said Alcoa of Australia Managing Director Michael Parker.

 “We will work alongside the State Government and the Harvey Shire to clean up these properties and ensure future compatible land use.”