Lakes and 4WD Well-Aged Persons Housing Strategy Regional Alliance
Project status: In construction
The Lakes and 4WD Well-Aged Persons Housing Strategy Regional Alliance involves the construction of housing units for the aged in the Wheatbelt. The alliance aims to improve the availability of well-aged housing in each town through its innovative partnership between seven local governments.
14 aged care housing units are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.
- Dumbleyung – 2 units
- Wagin – 2 units
- Lake Grace – 3 units
- Williams – 2 units
- West Arthur – 1 unit
- Woodnailling – 2 unit
- Kent – 2 units
One of the first construction projects was in Wagin, where four new units were recently opened to complement the existing 32 Wagin Cottage Homes. The site also has capacity for another eight units.
The units will provide a home-like environment with room for hobbies and overnight stays for relatives.
The project will allow seniors to remain in their community rather than move away to find accommodation in a larger town or city. The project will also provide accommodation for independent seniors that are able to care for themselves but need to be close to support services, doctors and shops.
The $5.02 million Royalties for Regions funded project aims to provide senior-focused housing solutions that compliment current and future aged care and health services, whilst addressing the identified needs of the individual communities.
The first phase of the project (construction of an initial 28 units with the alliance planning to deliver 42 units across seven shires across five years) received $3.07 million of Royalties for Regions funding through the Country Local Government Fund.
The project is being administered by the Shire of Williams.