$6.16 million for age-appropriate housing in the South-West and Peel
Made possible through Royalties for Regions
Part of the $600 million Growing our South initiative
More people will have the option of staying in their South-West and Peel communities as they age, thanks to the latest investment in housing by the Liberal National Government.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced that Royalties for Regions would invest more than $6.16 million to support the development of 32 new units in Brunswick Junction, Donnybrook and Waroona.
"These important projects will open the door for people in some of the State's smaller towns to stay connected to their communities and their established support networks," Mr Redman said.
"Without appropriate and affordable housing and more age-friendly places, people can be forced to move to bigger towns or cities as their needs change with age.
"Projects like the ones planned for Brunswick Junction, Donnybrook and Waroona make a big difference to people's lives by allowing them to stay close to family, friends, community groups and regular service providers."
More than $2.3 million has been allocated to support the construction of an additional 12 affordable retirement units to rent or buy at the existing eight-unit Brunswick River Cottages development.
In Donnybrook, $2 million will support the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup and Alliance Housing to build 11 independent living units for over 55s or people with special needs as part of the Bridge Street Affordable Housing project.
A total of $1.84 million will support the Quambie Park Waroona Housing Options Village to address the high demand for aged services while enabling older residents to remain living in a home setting.
Projects address the findings in the State-wide Ageing in the Bush Report
The number of regional West Australians aged 70 and over is expected to double to 100,000 between 2011 and 2026
The Growing our South initiative is a five-year, $600 million Royalties for Regions program to implement major infrastructure and community projects in the Peel, Wheatbelt, South-West and Great Southern regions
Minister's office - 6552 6700