THE State has made good on its promise to fast-track aged care provision at a site in Carmel before Christmas with the gazettal of a Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment this week securing its future.
Known as Heidelberg Park, the land at the corner of Canning and Pomeroy Roads has been rezoned from Parks and Recreation to Urban and earmarked for aged care development purposes.
In 2019, 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.
The finalization of the MRS amendment coincides with a new policy released by the State Government today to slash red tape and fast-track aged care accommodation across Western Australia.
The policy calls for integrated accommodation within local communities, assisting projects that will create 1900 additional aged care beds in WA.
“It’s important we have clear planning measures in place so we can ensure aged care developments are supported and elderly Western Australians have the appropriate care available to them, wherever they choose to age,” Mr Hughes said.
“I know how important quality, accessible aged care is for the people of Kalamunda and the Perth Hills, and I am eagerly awaiting the call for expressions of interest for the new aged care development at Heidelberg Park in the coming months.”