The Brunswick River Cottages have been completed and residents were able to shift into their newly-built homes as of yesterday. The multi-million-dollar complex, which borders the Brunswick townsite, is walking distance to the town’s shops and amenities. The cottages are aimed at people over 55 who would like to remain independent while living in a regional setting. The eight new units received a $1.6 million grant from the State Government and another grant could soon be on the way for another 12 units. Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan visited the complex on Thursday and said investment in regional aged care communities was important. “The Brunswick River Cottages is a good project that builds on the stock of affordable accommodation for older residents,” she said. “It opens the doors for more people to continue living close to their home communities as they age.” Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke also toured the new facility. “This is an important project for Brunswick and I congratulate everyone for making it happen,” Mrs Clarke said. “I am sure the new residents will enjoy living here. “Brunswick is one of many great towns in the South West region.” The land was donated by the Harvey Shire Council and chief executive Annie Riordan said she was delighted with the finished product. “This is a fantastic resource for the Brunswick community,” Mrs Riordan said. Shire president Paul Gillett commended the work of the Brunswick River Cottages committee on an “amazing job”. “They are all volunteers and their commitment to this project has been outstanding,” he said. Cottage manager Jo Dalton said she looked forward to welcoming the new residents into the Brunswick community.