Op­tion to down­size is avail­able to all

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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.

Frank Yu­jnovich,

City Beach.

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