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Housing goals for WA seniors

AAP logoAAP 7/11/2016 Rebecca Gredley

Affordable housing for older West Australians has long been neglected but was just as important as housing for first homebuyers, WA Housing Minister Brendon Grylls says.

A discussion paper was released on Monday to develop a strategy to help older West Australians on low to moderate incomes with affordable and appropriate housing.

WA has the highest proportion of senior renters in the country, and by 2050 the number of people in WA aged between 65 and 84 is expected to double to one million people.

Mr Grylls said 'last homebuyers' were just as important as first homebuyers, but had long been overlooked.

"Despite the excellent work of the retirement living sector, the housing market is not keeping up with the demands of the ageing population," he said.

"Seniors are a very diverse group with a broad range of housing needs - just like the rest of the population - so they need the choice and diversity in housing options to cater for those needs."

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