The South West Ageing in Place Housing Pilot Projects were officially opened in Boyanup on Monday, November 13, celebrating the completion of 23 new affordable homes for seniors in Boyanup and Dardanup.
The development was opened by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Regional Development Darren West MLC, Access Housing Chief Executive Officer Garry Ellender, Shire of Capel President Murray Scott and Shire of Dardanup President Michael Bennett.
The idea behind building a mix of two and three bedroom villas was to provide affordable housing options to seniors to allow them to stay in their hometown.
The nine villas in Boyanup were completed in May this year and 14 villas were completed at Dardanup in June.
Shire Community Development Officer Donna Sims said the need for more suitable aged housing options in Boyanup was one of the major issues identified by seniors when the Shire consulted with them in developing the Shire of Capel’s Age Friendly Communities Plan.
“Several seniors commented that they will have to leave Boyanup and go to Bunbury or Busselton for alternative housing,” she said.
“Concern was expressed at the disconnection from community, friends and family that occurs when seniors have to relocate to another area.
“It was clear from both the focus group discussions and survey results that suitable aged-housing was needed in Boyanup to meet the needs of the ageing population and ensure that the Shire of Capel is an age-friendly community.”
Access Housing’s South West Ageing in Place Housing Pilot Projects were supported by Royalties for Regions.