The Western Australian Government has officially opened a retirement living village in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in proximity to the country’s largest mine sites and local employers.
A state government investment of $9.8 million has gone to the 49-unit retirement village to help meet the high demand for independent living options in the Goldfields region.
The area is home to Australia’s largest gold mines, such as the Kalgoorlie Super Pit (Newmont Goldcorp and Barrick joint venture), Sunrise Dam (AngloGold Ashanti), Gwalia (St Barbara), Edna May (Evolution Mining) and Thunderbox (Saracen Mineral Holdings).
The accommodation is operated by Goldfields Masonic Homes, which engaged a local building company and local contractors and suppliers, in the construction of the village.
“Providing for a range of aged care accommodation and independent retirement living is important to build sustainable communities across regional Western Australia,” WA Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said.
“Pringle Village will provide new, modern units for people of the Goldfields to enable them to remain close to family and friends and long-trusted community and health services.”
“I saw each stage progressing and saw how successful the project was for local contractors to not only do the job, but stimulate the economy with state dollars,” WA Mining and Pastoral Region Minister Kyle McGinn added.
“I applaud the initiative taken to address an identified community need.”
The project is also supported by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, which provided funding to the village.