Housing project a success
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.