New WA housing options for seniors

Boyanup and Dardanup residents, South of Perth, are a step closer to benefiting from new age-appropriate housing options with a $4.8 million investment by the Western Australia Government.


WA Housing Minister Colin Holt announced the start of construction of Stage 1 of Access Housing's South West Ageing in Place Housing Pilot, which will deliver 26 independent living units for seniors with its contribution of $1.5 million.


Fourteen of the units will be retained by Access Housing as part of their growth commitment for social and affordable housing.


"There's no place like home and projects like this are providing people with options to remain in their communities - close to friends and family - as they grow older," Mr Holt said.


"These units provide people with the choice to continue living closer to support networks in places they feel connected, instead of having to relocate to a city or bigger town."


The pilot will see 14 rental units built at Mitchell Way, Dardanup. The Boyanup project will offer nine new and three refurbished units for sale at Thomas Street, with proceeds from the sale of the 12 units reinvested to build more housing as part of a second stage of the project.


Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the $4.8 million Royalties for Regions investment, part of the $600 million Growing Our South initiative, was making the South West Ageing in Place Housing Pilot possible.


"This is a great example of the State Government, local government and the not-for-profit sector working together to meet the needs of regional communities," Mr Redman said.


"Other Royalties for Regions-backed projects taking shape in the South-West that benefit senior residents include the expansion of retirement villages in Northcliffe and Pemberton.


"Developing infrastructure to support ageing in place is listed as a priority in the South West Regional Blueprint. The South West Development Commission has been working with stakeholders to build the stock of accommodation for seniors in the region."


11 August 2016.