The Australian population aged over 65 (for decades around 11%) is rapidly growing and is predicted to be around 20%, including considerably more people over 80, within 20 years.
In response, Waroona 115 kilometres south of Perth in Western Australia is striving to become a model age-friendly community for people of all ages to live, work, prosper and gain the most out of life. The community is seeking to promote civic and social inclusion, and plan, design and build infrastructure that meets age-related needs and lifestyle choices.
As a centrepiece of Waroona’s aspirations, Quambie Park’s Waroona Housing Options Village provides an excellent opportunity to pilot a purpose built, sustainable and affordable accommodation model in regional Australia.
The Housing Options Village Project will deliver a high amenity facility consisting of:
Nine disability modified accommodation units for seniors who require high levels of support but do not yet require residential aged care or hospitalisation;
One ‘Community Hub’ building; and
Communal grounds and gardens.
The total project value is $3,350,000, made up from significant contributions from Building Better Regions and Royalties for Regions funding (Commonwealth and State Governments respectively). Following the securing of funding, Quambie Park engaged Paramount Project to complete a project and funding integration due diligence report. The assignment included a literature review, reassessment of project scope, deliverables, social and economic benefits and retesting demand assumptions and trends (including against 2016 Census data).
Paramount is pleased to have been involved in such an important project for regional Australia.