Access Housing assists Wheatbelt shires secure funding for seniors housing projects

9 Jul 2016

Access Housing extends its congratulations to the Central Eastern Aged Care Alliance (CEACA) for securing Royalties for Regions funding for the construction of 75 new Independent Living Units in 11 Wheatbelt Shires.

The project will enable older residents across the central and eastern Wheatbelt to remain in their local communities.

Access Housing provided assistance to CEACA to scope the project and prepare a Businesses Case to the Department of Regional Development for the project investment. An initial $2 million Royalties for Regions investment was announced last year for an initial site servicing project. A further $19.98 million in Royalties for Regions investment was announced by Minister Redman on 8 July. This investment underpins an overall $23 million project to construct 75 houses.

“We are delighted by this Royalties for Regional investment, which will enable the 11 CEACA Shires to meet the housing needs of their ageing communities,” Su Groome, General Manager Property Assets at Access Housing said.

Access Housing plans to have an ongoing collaboration with CEACA to provide program management support in delivery of the project and to assist CEACA to build the necessary systems and procedures for efficient housing management into the future.

“The CEACA project is not just about housing. It is an opportunity to build regional capacity and jobs in the construction and management of housing and provision of home support services. The size of this investment will enable CEACA to create a regional asset base that is sustainable and will enable future growth,” Ms Groome said.

The CEACA project builds on Access Housing’s track record in delivering seniors housing in regional WA. An initial project to construct 17 seniors houses in Capel, with $1.95 million funding support from Royalties for Regions, was completed in May 2013. Construction recently commenced on 14 new houses in Dardanup and nine new houses and three property refurbishments in Boyanup. These projects are supported by a $4.86 million Royalties for Regions Investment, which will include a second stage project.

“Access Housing’s partnership with CEACA demonstrates our commitment to a strong housing sector in WA. We welcome opportunities to partner with Local Governments and other Not for Profit organisations to find the best solutions for their local communities,” Access Housing Chief Executive Officer Garry Ellender said.

CEACA represents the Bruce Rock, Kellerberrin, Koorda, Merredin, Mt Marshall, Mukinbudin, Nungarin, Trayning, Westonia, Wyalkatchem and Yilgarn shires.