Face it, you’re ageing
We’re all getting older but, oddly, as we grapple with the planning and affordable housing issues plaguing Perth, it seems there are many people in denial about this fact.
As we age there are a couple of uncomfortable truths we won’t be able to escape:
There is a shortage of housing for those less mobile;
The cost of care and buying in support services is high;
And transition between housing types is prohibitive because of stamp duty costs.
Aged-care advisers Ansell Strategic says Federal Government predictions indicate we need 84,000 new aged-care beds in the next decade at a cost of $35 billion-plus. It warns that, across the country, we are
falling behind on these targets but that nowhere is this more acute than in WA.
Some of the more troubling issues arise when aged-care providers seeking to address this desperate shortage are stonewalled by nearby, intractably opposed residents.
In a saner time, we might have welcomed these much-needed developments into our community.
There is an argument that if a well-designed aged-care development has leapt the design advisory committee hurdles and complies with the town planning scheme it should be approved. Period.
But as the Planning Minister Rita Saffioti seeks out an aged-care developer for a plum site in Claremont, other inner-city aged-care developments have either been knocked back or delayed.
Rosewood made substantial modifications to its $74 million, 152-bed aged-care home in Cleaver Street, West Perth. Those delays, which included substantial mediation, came at a considerable cost.
Aged and community-care provider Southcare will appeal against a decision to reject its 82-dwelling development at Bickley Crescent, Manning.
No matter what the outcome, it is troubling that a proposal to provide a vital service that complies with the planning rules can be discarded because the voices of less than a dozen residents drown out the needs of hundreds of vulnerable, older people searching for better housing solutions.
Southcare’s Bickley Crescent plan has been rejected.