The Shire of Toodyay and independent living association Butterly Cottages have opened an additional nine new units in Toodyay to cater for some of the towns older residents.
Rosedale Village was opened on Monday 6 August by Member for the Agriculture region, Darren West, on behalf of Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan alongside Shire of Toodyay chief executive officer Stan Scott.
Mr Scott said the project is unique thanks to the community and volunteers providing the affordable new accommodation.
He thanked councillors currently serving and those who had come before for their dedication and support for the project over the six years he has been chief executive officer.
Darren West said projects like Rosedale Village rise above party politics.
“This is about providing for community and looking after our elders,” he said.
“We want to keep our seniours in our communities amnd this has been a great outcome.”
Rosedale Cottage was funding through Royalties for Regions under the former Liberal Nationals state government.
The current state government has provided $2.74 million towards units across the Wheatbelt and in June Alannah MacTiernan announced the allocation of $13.1 million for aged care projects throughout the state.
President of Butterly Cottages Jeff Roberts said the project is a celebration of the future and he hopes the association can continue to grow and offer independent living.
“I want to pay tribute to the team at Butterly Cottage,” he said.
“They’re one hell of a group putting in their volunteer time.
“I also want to thank my wife Di.
“I can’t imagine what it would be like doing this job without your help.”
On Saturday 21 July the first tenants of Rosedale Village were given keys to their new units.
Mr Scott said stage-two is on the cards for Rosedale Village but no time frame was given.