By Breanna Inferrera
RESIDENTS of a Lesmurdie retirement village are in limbo after being informed of plans for the site to be shut down and redeveloped into a nursing home.
On January 13, residents of Parry Village were called to a meeting by Amana Living regarding the organisation’s plans to redevelop the village site by replacing it with a new 96-bed residential care centre.
Residents also received a letter regarding the redevelopment proposal in their mailbox.
Parry Village resident Ivy Houghton said she did not attend the meeting but was shocked to find the letter.
“The next day I was a bit sad about it, but on the Wednesday, I was angry and thought now this is not going to happen, we are not going to let this happen,” she said.
“We have to fight it you can’t let people do that.
“People who I have spoken to who went to the meeting said all the big bosses were there and they were just adamant that that was it.
“It didn’t matter what the residents said to them they just disputed it.”
Ms Houghton has been a resident of Parry Village for seven-and-a-half years and said she thought she would live there for the rest of her life.
“I am 20 minutes from my family because they live in Swan View and my grandson plays basketball here,” she said.
“There’s very little social housing available at low cost in Perth and with quite a lot of the agencies there’s long waiting lists, so where do we go?
“And then it might not be where you want to go, I live here out of choice, I chose to live here.”
Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes visited Parry Village on January 20 and spoke to residents about their concerns after they contacted him.
Amana Living chief executive Stephanie Buckland said residents were understandably concerned about the possible closure of Parry Village.
“We have reassured residents that we will support them, including finding a new home if the development is approved,” she said.
“The development is at very early stages and we will work closely with residents to help them through the process and identify alternative accommodation to meet their needs.
“We will also ensure all costs of moving and becoming established in new accommodation are met by Amana Living.”
Ms Buckland said Amana Living was committed to expanding care choices for WA seniors.
“We know the City of Kalamunda has a critical shortage of residential aged care beds,” she said.
“After careful consideration, we decided to pursue the redevelopment of the Parry Village site in Lesmurdie so we can help meet local demand for quality residential aged care”
Ms Buckland said Amana Living considered different development options on the Parry Village site, along with several alternative sites in the area, but none were suitable for the planned facility.
“The land and location requirements for a large residential aged care facility in this area restrict suitability significantly.”
The City of Kalamunda has received a development application on behalf of Amana Living which will be assessed and then determined by the Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel.
If plans are approved, construction of the new residential care centre will be underway by 2022.
A community drop-in session will be held on January 30 between 5.30pm and 6.30pm to assist residents in interpreting the plans and for questions to be answered.