New housing is being built in the Shire of Kent in a bid to attract more teachers to the region. A four-bedroom, two-bathroom house in Pingrup and a pair of two-bedroom, one-bathroom houses in Nyabing are being built by the Kent Shire Council, with all three houses expected to be completed by the end of the year. The homes will then be leased to the State Government for use in its Government Regional Officers’ Housing program for essential public servants. Shire president Scott Crosby said he hoped the council’s investment would encourage quality teachers to Nyabing and Pingrup. “Supporting our education system ensures our children in our district get the best possible start to life, which we trust will flow on to further enhance our strong social and agricultural heritage,” he said. Education Minister Sue Ellery said it was great to see the construction of the teacher’s accommodation was under way. “It’s important to have the highest quality teachers working in our schools, no matter where they are located around the State,” she said. Shadow education minister and Katanning man Peter Rundle said it was a positive development for both towns. “What often happens is people get sent out there to teach, the housing they are provided is bad or inadequate and so their families stay in Perth,’ he said. “They do 18 months or two years in Nyabing or Pingrup and then decide to relocate back home.” Mr Rundle said he would like a regional housing audit conducted to ensure there was enough accommodation for essential government workers. “We need more police, we generally need more teachers and we definitely need more healthcare workers,” he said.