THE City of Kalamunda has addressed its aged care deficiency with two proposals for a facility on Cambridge Reserve in the heart of Forrestfield.
Two options for the development have been presented to the community, with the primary difference being in the size of the proposed facility and number of residential housing units surrounding it.
Option A featured a 1.5ha aged care site while option B featured a 1ha aged care site.
The remaining 0.5ha of space in option B would be allocated to additional residential housing.
As well as the aged care facility and residential housing, the concept plan has ideas for improvements to the public space such as a playground, half basketball court and a path network with exercise equipment.
The concept plans are revisions of a 2018 draft that was put to community discussion and deemed to need further technical studies.
Mayor Margaret Thomas said the concept plan aims to follow the City’s aged accommodation strategy and address the noted deficiency in aged care facilities.
“Aged accommodation is in a shortage in the City of Kalamunda,” she said.
“Places can be difficult to find, resulting in families having to be split or travel extensive distances and elderly people being placed far from where they have lived their lives.
“Providing adequate aged care accommodation is a priority.”
According to a Friends of Aged Care 2020 report there is currently a 340 bed shortage in the City of Kalamunda and a 3000 bed shortage in WA, the worst in the country.
Aged Care Today Kalamunda convener Malcolm Roberts stated that he would be fine with either option.
“Potentially they are both alright, we’re happy as long as we get an aged care facility,” he said.
“I certainly hope that Cambridge Reserve will go ahead as we’re substantially short on beds and though there’s other facility plans in motion, nothing concrete is on track to be ready in the next five years.
“We’re advocating for whichever option meets the targets and requirements of the area.”
Echo News understands construction could start in the next 12 months, depending on the number and nature of survey submissions.
The survey concluded on November 9.