South-West ‘Ageing in Place’ project gets green light

11 Feb 2015

Access Housing Australia Ltd is proud to announce it will commence development of 26 Independent Living Units (ILUs) in the State’s South-West in a pilot ‘Ageing in Place’ project.

The project will see 14 units at Mitchell Way, Dardanup and 12 units at Thomas Street, Boyanup constructed for accommodating local seniors.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today gave the project the green light by announcing more than $4.8 million in funding – made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Growing our South initiative – to supplement Access Housing’s capital investment.

In making the announcement Minister Redman acknowledged the need to help older South-West residents stay connected with their communities.

Access Housing Chief Executive Officer Garry Ellender said; “I’d like to acknowledge and thank Minister Redman for his commitment to help provide affordable housing options for seniors in the South-West. The project has also been strongly supported by the South West Development Commission and the Shires of Capel and Dardanup.”

The 26 ILUs will be delivered on sites that are ideally located close to amenities within the towns. Some of the units will be made available for sale, with the sales revenues reinvested in a third project in the South-West, which is yet to be identified. The initial projects are scheduled to commence in mid-2015, with completion due in late 2016.

Access Housing has previously completed affordable housing projects for seniors in the South-West in Eaton (25 dwellings) and Capel (17 dwellings) in January 2014 and May 2013 respectively. These seniors’ housing projects in the South-West are complimented by other Access Housing projects in the region including at Barnes Avenue, Australind (6 dwellings – completed in July 2013) and its soon-to-be-completed 20 dwelling development in Carey Park, done in partnership with Coastline Homes.