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Kalamunda aged care advocates Iris Jones, Neil Pember and Malcolm Roberts with MLA Matthew Hughes.

Aged care gets leg up with new Carmel development site

THE State Government is seeking expressions of interest to build a new aged care development in Carmel.

The 10-hectare Canning Road site, known as Heidelberg Park was made available by the City of Kalamunda to provide more aged care accommodation for the local community.

In December 2019, the land was rezoned from Parks and Recreation to urban and earmarked for aged care development purposes.

Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes spearheaded a campaign to use the land, which was planned for residential use, to help fill an aged care service gap.

“This is a great new opportunity for providers to respond to the need for an additional ageing-in-place community in the Hills,” he said.

“I am very pleased that the work of the McGowan Government over the past four years to expedite the availability of land for aged care facilities is now coming to fruition.”

Interested parties are asked to submit a development vision for the site that responds to the adjacent natural parklands, outlining their proposed number of beds, associated amenities and services for residents.

This site is the latest of more than 50 new aged care development opportunities that have been progressed through land transfers, rezonings, development approvals and land projects, with potential to deliver almost 2000 new aged care beds across the State.

Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch thanked Mr Hughes for his efforts to secure more aged care facilities in the area.

“The State Government has invested heavily to remove barriers to the development of aged care facilities and deliver more beds, ensuring our senior Western Australians have access to residential care options that suit their needs,” he said.

“We know there is high demand for aged care facilities that engage with the natural environment and allow people to age in place, and this excellent site offers both of those features.”

Expressions of interest are open until 2pm June 30.

For more information visit www.dplh.wa.gov.au

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