Liberals WA will fight to provide senior citizens with stamp duty relief if they win this State election as the South West housing shortage crisis continues to raise its head. With a surge in people choosing to live in the Capes — and fewer family homes on offer — the State Opposition hopes to provide older people with a reason to make the move into smaller, more suitable housing. Vasse MLA Libby Mettam said the plan would offer a significant incentive for seniors and open up more family-friendly housing options. “Cutting stamp duty will help take the pressure off seniors by lowering costs to help them get ahead and into more appropriate accommodation,” the deputy Liberal leader, pictured, said. “We want to make sure that seniors who want to sell their family home and move into housing that better suits their needs, are supported in that choice.” Under the plan, seniors over 65 making the move to downsize would be offered a stamp duty concession of up to $15,000 for new and established homes. The Agency Busselton real estate agent Neil Honey said the plan was a huge incentive for people to choose to downsize. “Not everybody wants to move into a retirement village,” Mr Honey said. “This plan would allow people to still have the freedom they like and have their own home.” The plan is also expected to stimulate development of more age-friendly housing and create jobs in building and construction industries. “Under the Labor Government household fees and charges have gone up $850 a year and it is putting far too much pressure on the community,” Ms Mettam said. Liberals WA also plan to support regional pensioners by boosting the Country Aged Pensioner Fuel Card up to $625 a year.