Stage 3 Announcement
The Shire was successful in receiving $4.98 million in funding through the Department of Communities' Social Housing Economic Recovery Package Grants Program.
The Shire of Harvey will construct an additional 12 independent low cost living units and an integrated community centre at the Brunswick River Cottages site located in Brunswick Junction.
The rental units are for Aboriginal people over 55 and over 65s for non-Aboriginal people and are part of meeting the accommodation needs of people experiencing difficulties accessing housing in regional Western Australia.
Shire of Harvey President Paul Gillett said the project will enhance the local community and support activities through having an active over 55s population.
"By retaining older people in our community and growing the population in Brunswick Junction it promotes sustainability into the future and improves the prospects for business growth and job opportunities," Cr Gillett said.
"The cottages will also help build the capacity in the town by retaining its seniors, many who are valued community volunteers and mentors."
There is currently a wait list for the units, showing a demand for this type of living in the Shire.
Housing Minister John Carey said one of the Government's top priorities is to ensure we meet the diverse needs of tenants across WA, particularly those who are finding it difficult to access housing in the tight private rental market.
"The SHERP New Build Grants program is a substantial investment to help meet this priority by enabling the construction of much needed new social housing with a variety of dwelling types and configurations,” Mr Carey said.
"These grants will provide much needed financial support to these organisations, and is a great example of the strong partnership between our Government and the community housing sector.”