The State Government has received an overwhelming response to its call for expressions of interest in establishing a retirement village in Dalyellup, south of Bunbury.
Housing and Works Minister Michelle Roberts said seven not-for-profit organisations had indicated their interest in partnering the State Government in the project.
“This result is undoubtedly a vote of confidence in the project’s ability to deliver sustainable and affordable housing for seniors in the region,” Mrs Roberts said.
“The Dalyellup Seniors’ Village Project will deliver up to 350 new independent living units and have a suitable mix of both public and private residents.”
The project will see the State Government through the Department of Housing and Works purchase 6.5 hectares of land in Dalyellup for $5.22million, while the chosen provider will contribute the capital costs and manage the village.
The Minister said the project had the potential to greatly reduce the waiting list for seniors seeking affordable accommodation in the South-West.
“It will also have flow on benefits for families in the region waiting for public housing, by freeing up large homes currently under-occupied by seniors,” she said.
Mrs Roberts said the seven organisations would now be invited to lodge a tender.
“It is anticipated that a Request for Tender will be completed and sent out to the short-listed proponents by the end of October,” she said.
The chosen provider must provide appropriate housing designs that are affordable and cost-effective, and they must ensure that an ongoing proportion of the units are available for allocation to seniors on the Department’s waiting list.
The Minister said that the Department of Housing and Works was also progressing with plans to establish a retirement village in Midland.
“The Midland Workshops have been identified as a suitable site for a seniors’ village of up to 200 units with a mix of public and private residents,” Mrs Roberts said.
“Subject to the approval of the business case, the Expression of Interest will be advertised early in 2008.”
In addition to the two current projects at Dalyellup and Midland, the Government has an ongoing commitment to develop other sites that would be suitable for a retirement village project.
The Department of Housing and Works is currently exploring suitable land opportunities in inner city Perth, south metropolitan area and in Geraldton and Albany.
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