New Geraldton units tailor-made for people with disability a first for regional WA

Phoebe PinMidwest Times
New villa resident Diane Galea with Activ support worker Kate Lalor.
Camera IconNew villa resident Diane Galea with Activ support worker Kate Lalor. Credit: Phoebe Pin/Geraldton Guardian

Residents of a new block of accessible villas could hardly contain their excitement when they were invited to take a sneak peek inside their future homes this week.

An initiative of WAI Group, Activ Geraldton, Community Housing Ltd and local builder Campbell Homes, West End Villas in Beachlands was officially declared open on Monday.

From the outside, the units look the same as any other suburban home but each has been fitted with state-of-the-art technology designed to make life easier for people with disability.

Kitchen counters can be raised or lowered in seconds, doors can open at the touch of a button and hallways are wide enough for wheelchairs to be manoeuvred with ease.

Geraldton local Diane Galea will move into her new home in the next few days, saying she looked forward to having a place to call her own.

“I can now be more independent and be by myself,” she said.

She is also looking forward to one day getting a kitten to share her new abode with.

In a sense Geraldton is being a trailblazer.

“These are six villas that have been purpose-built for people with a range of disability and they incorporate good principles of design and technology so people are able to maximise choices about how they live,” he said.

“People who have a disability may not be able to cook for themselves because the benchtops and the cooking gear is at the wrong height, but in these houses they are actually able to manipulate how high the benches are.

“In a sense Geraldton is being a trailblazer.”

Other purpose-built offerings are being eyed in Bluff Point and Sunset Beach, as well as South Bunbury, Albany and Perth.

One of six new units in Beachlands
Camera IconOne of six new units in Beachlands Credit: Phoebe Pin/Geraldton Guardian

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