For the first time, Dunsborough town will be home to the first retirement villages, thanks to the $2.5 million funding from the WA State Government. The construction was recently begun and when completed, the retirement village will offer independent living units and necessary facilities for retired senior citizens looking to downsize. The funding is part of the $13.1 million package that will be used to meet the retirees’ accommodation needs.
Toby’s Inlet Estate is set to begin construction on its first stage of 34 homes soon. The complete village will feature 184 units at Armstrong village in Dunsborough town, about 254 kilometers South of Perth on Margaret River. The retirees will also be allowed to come with their pets.
According to Gordon Genat, the Managing Director of Toby’s Inlet Estate who is spearheading the entire project, the retirement village will provide independent housing and facilities for people over the age 55 years who are looking to retire and live in the region.
Mr.Genat further stated that the retirement village will cater for any retirees looking for community, support, and security- important aspects that are not always available in typical suburban neighborhoods. The managing director further pointed out that the premium standard of their development will ensure that the future retirees will have the opportunity to downsize without compromising the quality of the homes or the lifestyle they have become used to.
Although Busselton is home to a range of retirement villages, this will be the first for Dunsborough, fulfilling the town’s residents’ long-awaited dream of having a retirement village and age care facilities. According to Mr.Genat, the Dunsborough retirement village will also feature community facility buildings which will be constructed right in the centre of the village. The community facility buildings will include a gymnasium, swimming pool, spa, arts and craft centre, a restaurant, café, a library, a commercial kitchen, and a fully equipped camera.
“The first stage of the community facilities are set to be constructed in conjunction with our first stage building program of Toby’s Inlet Estate housing, which is due to begin this year,” said Gordon Genat.
The retirement facility will cater for independent living, dementia patients, as well as seniors with high physical needs.
The retirement homes will also be energy-efficient and less expensive for the residents to run. All the first stage retirement homes to be constructed have achieved a minimum 6-Star NatHERS Energy Rating that will see about a third of household energy bills saved. The first stage homes will also be installed with a 2kw Solar Panel system and rain water collection tanks.
This development will see hundreds of retired citizens enjoy they golden years in luxurious accommodations. According to Alannah MacTiernan, the Regional Development minister, the projected growth rates for citizens aged 65 and above in most regional areas is often higher compared to those in metropolitan areas. Providing premium aged accommodation will allow senior retirees to continue living within their regional community while at the same time supporting local businesses and jobs.
The retirement village is expected to be completed in 2020.