Seniors can remain in Dwellingup thanks to new community housing

Published on 07 April 2022

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The Shire of Murray has been awarded a grant of more than $4.5million to build 12 new houses in Dwellingup.

The seniors community housing will be built in partnership with Dwellingup Community Village (DCV) Inc. which currently manages 7 other dwellings in the township.

The new homes will provide rental accommodation for seniors in ten 2-bedroom units, and two 1-bedroom units.Dwellingup-Community-Housing-Graphic.png$4,624,634 was granted from the Social Housing Economic Recovery Package (SHERP) ‘WA Community Housing Sector Funding’ stream which exists to engage and partner with the community housing sector to assist in the delivery of new community housing,

Highlighting yet another positive development in the Shire following the announcement of full funding of the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation project this week, Shire President Cr David Bolt said the new homes would offer welcome diversity of housing in Dwellingup.

“The DCV enjoys enormous support from the local community and so it makes sense to build on the success of the Dwellingup Community Village’s previous development of 7 homes.

“Our community has told us that an absence of suitable housing for existing residents to stay in their community when they downsized from their existing properties was a significant concern.

“By adding these new dwellings to the DCV we will create more affordable seniors housing allowing people to remain living in Dwellingup for longer,” said Cr Bolt.

The 12 universal-access turn-key dwellings will be for residents aged over 55 who will meet income and asset eligibility in accordance with the SHERP funding criteria.

Work will also include:

  • An addition to the existing well-attended community centre facility to include a meeting space capable of accommodating the additional residents.
  • Extension of the landscape irrigation system (bore and reticulation) to the new dwellings.
  • Minor landscaping.
  • Solar lighting for safety and wayfinding throughout the Village.
  • Resealing of the outer ring road after likely construction damage

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The new homes and extended community centre will add to the 7 current dwellings.

The intention is to use the existing dwelling designs (from Stage 2) for the additional dwellings with minor improvements to align to current requirements helping to make the new homes economic and efficient to build.