The 300-strong Greenbushes community had made a mighty effort towards a seniors complex, to help stretch the public housing dollar, Local Government Minister Paul Omodei said today.
Mr Omodei was opening three new units at the Stinton Garden Estate, a group of five units specially designed for seniors and named after the man who put the town on the map - David William Stinton, who discovered tin in the area.
“This seniors’ complex is a tribute to the Greenbushes Aged Community Committee and the determination of its chairperson, Barbara Della Patrona,” Mr Omodei said.
“The committee contributed $15,000 cash and $8,250 worth of land towards the three new houses, while the Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire Council gave a further $15,000 in cash and $15,000 in land costs to make it all possible.
“The Ministry of Housing agreed to build the three two bedroom homes for $320,000.
“Without the mighty effort of the Greenbushes committee and the shire council, these houses would have cost the Government much more.
“Greenbushes, backed by the Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire Council, was not content to wait nor merely lobby, it both pushed its case contributed generously towards the building of the houses, so it could not be ignored.
“Across the State, there is a huge demand for convenient housing as the population gets older, so that people can continue to be independent and continue to live in familiar surroundings among relatives and friends.
“The Government, through the Ministry of Housing, aims to make it possible for seniors to remain in their own homes as long as they wish, with such adaptation as the elimination of steps, wider passage and doorways.”
The Greenbushes Aged Community Committee will manage Stinton Gardens.
The houses were designed by Franco Carozzi, architect and built by Tradesman Homes.
Hugh Ryan (Minister’s office) 9213 6700 or -
Janet Wainwright, Ministry of Housing 9222 4500