MEDIA RELEASE: Independent Living Opportunities for Donnybrook Aged Residents

Published on Tuesday, 4 May 2021 at 4:18:23 PM

New independent living opportunities will be available for Donnybrook’s aged population after negotiations between Alliance Housing, the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup and the State Government came to fruition.


In 2017, the Bridge Street Housing Project, embracing the construction of eleven independent living units in Donnybrook location, was awarded $2M State funding. Following the 2017 State election, the incoming government reviewed the State Budget and resolved to ‘shelve’ the project. Subsequently in 2018 the Shire in partnership with Alliance Housing successfully reapplied for funding through the Regional Aged Accommodation Program.


Shire of Donnybrook Balingup Chief Executive Ben Rose said “work on the site is expected to commence in the coming months with Alliance Housing undertaking delivery of the project anticipated by mid-2022. Initial discussions involved the Shire making the land available on a long-term lease basis together with a significant contribution towards the funding for site works. Following discussions between stakeholders, including the Department of Primary Industries & Regional Development, the Shire resolved to transfer the land, which was valued at $300k at the time, to Alliance Housing.”


Alliance Housing, a proven not-for-profit community housing provider centred in Bunbury, has since been assigned the Bridge Street housing project by the State and has committed $1.125M in funding to the $3.125M project. When completed and operational, the dwellings will be for people over the age of 65 (or over 55 if Aboriginal or of Torres Strait Islander background).


Shire President Cr Brian Piesse said “with a growing need for ageing-in-place choices for local families, it is important that this valued demographic of our community have affordable long term housing options that will in some way enrich the lives of those who choose to remain or become residents of our Shire”.


The site ownership will be transferred to Alliance Housing once Practical Completion of the project is achieved, with the Shire of Donnybrook Balingup retaining the first right to re-purchase the site in the future. A Restrictive Covenant will be registered on the land title which restricts use of the lot to housing for over 65’s (or over 55 is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent).”


Those seeking more information about the independent living units on Bridge Street can contact Alliance Housing directly by calling Kay Shaw – CEO on (08) 9791 5438.


As per the Local Government Act 1995 Section 2.8(d) for further information please contact:
Shire President Cr Brian Piesse
Phone: 9731 1141         
Mobile: 0408 471 947       

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