The Liberal National Government has completed the first stage of the procurement process for a partner in its Manjimup Seniors Living Project.
Housing Minister Brendon Grylls said a single proponent had been shortlisted and would work directly with the Housing Authority to develop a proposal addressing the shortfall in purpose-built seniors' accommodation in the region.
"The Manjimup Seniors Living Project was launched in March 2016 to address a key focus area in the Government's Affordable Housing Strategy - stimulating housing supply for seniors, including a range of affordable and appropriate rental, long-term lease and ownership options," Mr Grylls said.
"Housing will work collaboratively with the proponent to further develop their proposal and ensure it meets the project's vision and objectives, and the needs of the Manjimup community. The Government expects to announce the successful development partner in early 2017."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the State Government and the Shire of Manjimup recognised the need for age-friendly housing and related services for people in Manjimup over the age of 55.
"I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions invest in such community-based initiatives to support a better quality of life for regional residents, and enable seniors to continue living in their home town as their needs change with age," Mr Redman said.
"This investment in purpose-built accommodation will also help facilitate economic growth in the region through construction-related employment and activate an important site in the Manjimup town centre."
The new accommodation will be built on the site of the former Manjimup Primary School. The project is made possible by a $2 million investment from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program and the Housing Authority.
Formerly the Manjimup Primary School site, Lot 319 Moore Street is situated less than one kilometre from the town centre and is near existing and planned facilities
The project seeks to deliver at least 30 independent living units on the 25,174sqm site to address the unmet demand for independent living units in Manjimup and surrounding districts
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