WA Property Council promises development to boost the local economy

WA Property Council promises development, villages and new seniors accommodation to boost the local economy

With the state election set to take place in March, the Property Council has unveiled its election platform which it says will allow the $31.8 billion industry pick up where the mining boom left off.

It outlines 16 policy priorities including setting targets for retirement living housing; stamp duty discounts for older people downsizing from a family home; and re-zoning existing retirement villages to provide additional housing options for seniors in Perth’s middle ring suburbs.

Executive director Lino Iacomella (pictured) said a key issue that needed to be addressed was the need to reform the Retirement Village Act. He says this would allow for more mixed-use development and encourage the growth of ‘vertical’ retirement villages and re-development of current villages.

“This means … an existing village can redevelop to include convenience retail, café, aged care or other on site services to provide greater amenity in a village be it traditional single storey residential or in a new higher density high rise development,” Mr Iacomella said.

The Property Council says new development in the village and aged care sector provides a massive $6.4 billion in taxes to the economy while creating nearly 206,000 jobs and paying $11.7 billion in wages.

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A special thanks to our contributors

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.