Dardanup over 55s units near completion

Click to enlarge. Open for inspection: From left, Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett, Cr Allen Mountford, Dardanup resident Shiela Butcher, Access Housing Project Manager Ralton Benn, Cr Danny Harris and Shire of Dardanup Acting CEO John Attwood.

Local residents keen to stay connected to their home town as they age are now being asked to signal their interest in purchasing or renting 14 almost-finished units suitable for over 55s in Mitchell Way, Dardanup.

The units are a joint project between developer Access Housing and the Shire of Dardanup and 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.

The units are expected to be completed by the end of May.

Residents interested in renting one of the seven units to be made available to tenants need to register themselves for a waiting list by contacting Access Housing’s Ange Lawler at the Access Housing Bunbury Office on 9722 7200.

Residents interested in purchasing one of the seven units – with options for 3 bedroom/2 bathroom and 2 bedroom/ 1 bathroom – should contact Accessing Housing Realty Senior Sales Consultant Marcus Marchant on 9430 0980 or 0498 385 950.