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Specialist Disability Accommodation opens in Geraldton

What is said to be a ‘first of its kind’ in WA, six new homes for people with disability have just opened in Geraldton.

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Located in Beachlands, the homes can accommodate up to 14 people, and comprise four, three-bedroom, one single bedroom and one, two-bedroom villas.

These West End Villas are the first in a pipeline of purpose-built housing solutions for Western Australia.

For Diane Galea moving into the villa will give her more than just a place to call home. Following an accident the 51-year-old lost her ability to walk.

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Along with learning the ropes of her newfound mobility challenges she also grappled with the loss of her house after it became no longer suitable for her to live in.

“I am excited to move around in my new unit in my wheelchair, cook in the kitchen, do my exercises and get in and out of the bathroom when I want to.

But best of all I will be able to go back to living by myself again.”

Caption: Resident Diane Galea with Disability Services Minister Don Punch