Option to downsize is available to all
I DISGREE with Sally Hollins (Western Suburbs Weekly, March 31) about having no options to downsize.
I first brought my block in City Beach in 1978, where there is lots of parks. I built a house and brought up my family on a 870sq m block; big gardens, swimming pool, large rooms, four-car garage.
After 38 years and my children all gone, I decide to downsize. I purchased a block in the Town of Cambridge in the estate of Ocean Mia, where all the blocks are small and have access to small parks. This option is available to everyone.
I built a 330sq m house on a 271sq m block. I have a 2sq m garden, which is all I need, and the house is designed for me and my wife to grow old in. I didn't have to move to a retirement village (I will eventually have to move into a retirement home for old people).
I still live in City Beach, close to the shops and Wembley Golf Course, walking distance to the Bold Park pool and close to the beach. It takes me 25 minutes by bus into town. I still see my old neighbours a couple of times a year.
Sally can sell her house and move into a new house. There are six houses in Ocean Mia that developers will have for sale when soon completed or she can buy a raffle ticket for the house that is being raffled.
I believe that the people will not approve the infill proposal the Town of Cambridge is suggesting. What the Town is doing is trying to collect more rates, but it was tried by the City of Perth and it failed. The Town should be considering other options, similar to the Ocean Mia Estate.