Minister eyes land sign-off for care home
Plans to expand Geraldton’s Juniper Hillcrest Aged Care facility are one step closer after WA Health Minister Roger Cook said he would be likely to support the transfer of a small patch of Government-owned remnant land for the project.
Geraldton MLA Ian Blayney said he raised the idea with the new Labor Government after the last State election, with the minister recently indicating his support.
He said he had also raised the idea with the previous Government, which promised the land grant would go ahead if it won the election. Mr Blayney welcomed the news. “I am pleased that representation has received positive consideration by Minister Cook and should the land be deemed surplus to requirements for the Department (of Training and Workforce Development), he has indicated his support for the land transfer to Hillcrest to proceed,” Mr Blayney said.
“The adequate provision of residential aged care is of great importance to the people of Geraldton and also those from the surrounding Mid West and Gascoyne regions.
“It is the hope of everyone that the transition of our elderly relatives from independent living to low, then high, residential care takes place easily when it’s required.
“Waiting for care places to become available for loved ones is stressful and worrying for families.
“This planned expansion will reduce that pressure.”
The small piece of land allocated for the potential expansion is owned by the State Government, with a management order in favour of the WA Department of Training and Workplace Development.