Work starts on housing project

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Shire president John Nicholas, Bridgetown Heights developer Darren Taggart and shire chief executive Tim Clynch.
Camera IconShire president John Nicholas, Bridgetown Heights developer Darren Taggart and shire chief executive Tim Clynch. Credit: Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Site works began yesterday on a new housing development located just outside Bridgetown.

Bridgetown Heights will be located on Hester Road, 4km north of Bridgetown and made up of 15 lots, ranging from 2ha to 2.5ha.

Developer Darren Taggart said he had been looking for a place for a regional subdivision somewhere between Donnybrook and Manjimup.

“It had been many years since I visited Bridgetown and when I did as part of my exploring, I fell in love again with the town,” he said.

“It has a great feel and a great vibe to it and the people are always very friendly.

“It has a real tourist and holiday atmosphere about it.”

The construction contract was awarded to Bilco Group last week, which started site works yesterday and will finish on September 15.

Titles are then scheduled to be issued in October.

Mr Taggart said feedback from the shire, local real estate agents and the general public had been enormous and positive.

“All have said the development is in a great location, very handy to the town and will be popular and highly sought after by locals looking to move to a small acreage, but still be within close proximity to the town and its amenities,” he said.

Mr Taggart said the site would also be ideal for Perth-based people near retirement and new staff being employed by Talison Lithium mine in Greenbushes, as it neared completion of its major expansion.

“I must also make mention of the great support from the Bridgetown-Greenbushes Shire Council, which supported the project unanimously and the Department of Planning, Land and Heritage Bunbury office’s senior planning officer,” he said.

“Their support has been instrumental in making this project a reality.”

Bridgetown-Greenbushes shire president John Nicholas welcomed Mr Taggart’s development of the site.

“We’re very pleased the developer has taken up the opportunity to redevelop that site,” he said.

“It will be a great opportunity for someone intending to move to Bridgetown, close enough to town to access amenities but far enough away to get that out-of-town atmosphere.”

The project will officially be launched on Friday.

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