The ribbon was cut recently at a housing project in Dardanup designed to ensure local residents have more opportunity to stay in their home town as they age.
The set of 14 units suitable for over 55s in Mitchell Way, Dardanup were constructed under a joint project between developer Access Housing and the Shire of Dardanup.
The units – together with a similar project also opened this week in Boyanup – form part of the State Government’s South West Ageing in Place Housing Pilot project – made possible with a $4.87 million funding contribution from the Royalties for Regions program.
Strategies for addressing a shortage of accommodation on small lots in rural areas of the Shire have been the subject of investigations by Council’s Dardanup Retirement Accommodation Committee for several years.
Shire President Mick Bennett said the project was a positive step for the Shire.
“This type of accommodation will enable long-term residents with a strong connection to the area who no longer have the desire or ability to manage a farm or big block, to remain in the area well into their retirement years,” Mr Bennett said.
Seven of the units will be made available for rent while the remaining seven will be available for purchase.