The Shire of Wickepin’s senior lifestyle village is taking shape after nearly 20 years of community work to get the project off the ground. The lifestyle village will feature four self-contained modern units available to senior residents, with the ability to expand the village in the future. Shire president Julie Russell said the lifestyle village would enable senior residents to continue living in Wickepin instead of moving to other towns or Perth. “There are four units being built at the moment, with the ability to double that if the demand or funding allows,” she said. “Initially there are four units there that will be available for senior people to retire in their own town. “It is really important that they can and stay with their families and just enjoy the benefits of living where they grew up and where they have spent all their lives.” O’Connor MP Rick Wilson visited the site of the project, which has been funded by the Federal and State governments, as he toured across the region last week. Ms Russell said the lifestyle village had been a long time in the making. “The lifestyle committee has been working on having lifestyle units in town for about 20 years and they were working with council choosing the site and getting that organised,” she said. “Once they had the site secured they applied for funding and then we went into partnership with several other shires to apply for State Government funding. “We were short some funding then when the Drought Communities funding came up from the Federal Government, council chose to allocate that towards the project as well which really helped.” She said COVID-19 restrictions initially slowed down the project, but it was on back on track with restrictions relaxed. “The bricklayers are there at the moment, they are almost finished the brick work and the roof is scheduled to go on next week,” she said. “It’s progressing nicely and the whole complex is coming together well.” The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.