The Opposition has called on the McGowan Government to invest in increasing independent living units in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in tomorrow’s State Budget, which is expected to post another multi-billion-dollar surplus.
Opposition Leader Mia Davies said investing in accommodation like Pringle Village allowed seniors from Kalgoorlie and surrounding towns to remain close to family and friends as they aged.
“In regional areas, nothing is more important as you grow older than remaining near your family, friends, loved ones, social groups and local community,” Ms Davies said.
“With a significant surplus anticipated in tomorrow’s State Budget, the McGowan Labor Government must look at co-funding the expansion of Pringle Village.
“With the Goldfields home to over eight thousand seniors, ensuring there are adequate services to keep residents aging in their local community, like Pringle Village, are essential.
“It’s disappointing this hasn’t been a priority for the local Member or the McGowan Labor Government.”
Shadow Housing Minister Steve Martin said suitable accommodation for seniors is a significant issue for regional people and Pringle Village in Kalgoorlie urgently needs funding to address the long waitlist in the Goldfields.
“The regional housing crisis continues to worsen with the McGowan Labor Government unable to build or buy homes to alleviate the social housing waitlist,” Mr Martin said.
“Private rental vacancy rates remain at very low rates meaning regional people are struggling to find an affordable place to live.
“Kalgoorlie’s rental vacancy rate dropped to 0.9 per cent at the end of March leaving businesses unable to attract staff because of a lack of housing.
“Projects like Pringle Village not only provide much needed residences for seniors, but also a solution to the current housing crisis by freeing up stock in the wider community as family homes are put on the market.”