Avon Valley Gazette - - OPINION -

DEAL­ING with an age­ing pop­u­la­tion is a chal­lenge for any com­mu­nity. So it is won­der­ful to have res­i­dents in Kala­munda Shire with many ideas to help sup­port Kala­munda in the pur­suit of find­ing a cred­i­ble so­lu­tion to our grey­ing el­ders and where they will live. While the dis­cus­sion con­tin­ues about find­ing ar­eas of land suit­able for aged care, it would be good for plan­ners to think out­side the square. Alec Lisef­ski in Cal­i­for­nia lives in a tiny house be­hind a much larger one in some­one else’s “big, beau­ti­ful back yard” and pays a small amount of rent to the prop­erty owner. De­spite the rel­a­tively iso­lated lo­ca­tion of his tiny house, Lisef­ski claims that tiny houses, by de­sign, fa­cil­i­tate more in­volve­ment with the com­mu­nity. There is so much new tech­nol­ogy out there and so many ar­chi­tects with clever ideas. What does it take to open up the ten­der process to some­thing out­side the nor­mal pa­ram­e­ters? Coun­cil­lors should pon­der the res­o­lu­tions for aged care and re­zon­ing and con­sider what new mod­els we could ap­pro­pri­ate from other places. If no one has done them be­fore, let Kala­munda be first.

Sally McGlew - Re­porter

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