Housing project on track

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Concept of how Cherry Glades will look once complete.
Camera IconConcept of how Cherry Glades will look once complete. Credit: Supplied

Construction of accommodation for over 55s will start in Manjimup early next year in a bid to boost affordable living options for seniors in the region.

The project is a result of a 12-year push for development at the old Manjimup Primary School site at the corner of Rutherford and Moore streets.

Pindan Constructions was on Monday announced as the project builder and each of the homes will be built to the minimum Silver Level Liveable Housing Design standard, which includes generous verandas and building materials that suit Manjimup’s character.

Stage 1A construction on Cherry Glades will include nine homes; six three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes and three two-bedroom, two-bathroom homes.

The project is a joint venture between the Manjimup Shire Council and the Department of Communities, with support from the State Government and the South West Development Commission.

Stage 1A properties will also go on sale early next year and completion is planned for August, 2019.

Long-time advocate for the project Jill Woollams said she was thrilled the project was finally coming to fruition.

“There’s so many people waiting to see what happens,” she said.

“It’s really exciting, it’s a great thing for Manjimup.”

State Housing Minister Peter Tinley said he was pleased to see the progress of the “important” project, which provided age-appropriate housing options not currently available in Manjimup.

“It will also support the local community through social connectivity and activity in the area,” Mr Tinley said.

“Residents at Cherry Glades will be able to age comfortably in their community, close to their family and friends and just a short walk from medical, retail and entertainment amenities.

“This investment in purpose-built accommodation will facilitate economic growth in the region for years to come through construction-related employment.”

Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei said it was a great project for the town.

“It’s good for people wanting to downsize to a smaller property,” he said.

“It’s also close to the CBD, recreational facilities and the new Wellness Centre.”

Mr Omodei thanked the State Government for its support of the project. Up to 60 homes are planned across the five-stage project.

Warren-Blackwood MLA Terry Redman welcomed Pindan as the project builder.

“It is exciting to see the development of affordable housing for over 55’s, giving people the opportunity to stay within familiar surroundings close to family and friends,” he said.

“Seniors are well supported in Manjimup with the recently opened Wellness and Respite Centre and the Warren Health Service.

“I am proud that the legacy of Royalties for Regions is still making a difference in our regional towns.”

Visit www.housing.wa.gov.au/manjimupseniors for more information.

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