Neg­a­tive re­ac­tion to project

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Tim Slater

CRAIG­CARE chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer John Gillett says his com­pany has in­vested “mil­lions of dollars” and com­mis­sioned a “plethora” of con­sul­tant re­ports for its 15-storey pro­posed re­tire­ment vil­lage in As­cot Wa­ters.

Mr Gillett at­tended a spe­cial elec­tors meet­ing to hear res­i­dents’ con­cerns and said he was sur­prised at the neg­a­tiv­ity to­wards the project.

“We’ve been work­ing on this project now for two-and-a-half years,” he said.

“We have had count­less meet­ings with coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tives and en­gaged an ab­so­lute plethora of con­sul­tants.”

He said they in­cluded elec­tri­cal, me­chan­i­cal and civil en­gi­neers and traf­fic and noise con­sul­tants.

There had also been ex­er­cises look­ing at the im­pact of shad­ows and pri­vacy on neighbouring build­ings.

If ap­proved, four floors in the build­ing will be a nurs­ing home for 250 aged res­i­dents and an­other 10 floors will ac­com­mo­date two- and three-bed­room in­de­pen­dent liv­ing apart­ments for peo­ple over 55.

Mr Gillett, who is the sole di­rec­tor for the com­pany, said it had 600 res­i­dents in its fa­cil­i­ties in WA and Vic­to­ria and about 800 staff.

“We are not here to up­set res­i­dents. As far as we are con­cerned we have abided by the town plan­ning re­quire­ments for this par­tic­u­lar site and in fact we’ve ex­ceeded the re­quire­ments,” he said.

“We have lit­er­ally in­vested mil­lions of dollars.

“It comes as a lit­tle sur­prise to us that at this such late stage in the process we have peo­ple who are ac­tu­ally chal­leng­ing the va­lid­ity of what we are try­ing to do.”

The com­pany had con­sulted City of Bel­mont staff to struc­ture its pro­posal be­fore it could be re­leased for pub­lic com­ment.

“Un­til this pro­posal was ready to put on the ta­ble it’s pretty dif­fi­cult to ac­tu­ally con­sult res­i­dents,” Mr Gillett said.

“It’s not our in­tent from Craig­care’s per­spec­tive to alien­ate what will even­tu­ally be our mar­ket­place.”

He said it was un­for­tu­nate that there had been such a neg­a­tive re­ac­tion to the project from the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the 15storey nurs­ing home.

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