Hous­ing project a suc­cess

Great Southern Herald - - News - Laura Gru­bisa

Seven Great South­ern and Wheatbelt Shires are reap­ing the ben­e­fits of an in­de­pen­dent liv­ing and aged hous­ing project that was funded by Roy­al­ties for Re­gions.

Wil­liams, Wa­gin, Woodanilling, Dum­b­leyung, West Arthur, Lake Grace and Kent are part of the project that re­ceived more than $15 mil­lion in fund­ing over the past eight years.

The joint project has seen col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween lo­cal govern­ments.

The Aged Per­sons In­de­pen­dent Liv­ing Units project started in 2010 and was com­pleted this year, with 50 units be­ing con­structed in the seven Shires.

The Shire of Wil­liams led the over­all project man­age­ment and en­sured lo­cal staff were used, which kept the cost of project man­age­ment to about $100,000.

“This project is a good news story for Roy­al­ties for Re­gions and show­cases what re­gions can achieve with great col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts,” a Shire of Wil­liams spokesper­son said.

“This project has made a tan­gi­ble dif­fer­ence to the re­gional com­mu­ni­ties, with aged per­sons able to live in their com­mu­nity of choice and not have to leave in their twi­light years.”

The project has been recog­nised across the re­gion for the high stan­dard of project ini­ti­a­tion, de­vel­op­ment, im­ple­men­ta­tion and re­port, and was the first project of its kind.

It has now been used as a tem­plate to de­velop many other re­gional hous­ing projects, and the Wheatbelt De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity is show­cas­ing the project.

One of the in­de­pen­dent liv­ing houses in Lake Grace.

Fifty units were con­structed be­tween 2010 and this year.

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