Heed­ing the aged care cry

EDGEWATER FA­CIL­ITY AP­PROVAL

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Tyler Brown

A NEW $26 mil­lion res­i­den­tial aged care fa­cil­ity is “well needed” in Edgewater.

The 128-bed Mercy Health de­vel­op­ment was con­di­tion­ally ap­proved by the Metro North­West Joint De­vel­op­ment As­sess­ment Panel on Thurs­day.

Joon­dalup coun­cil­lor Chris­tine Hamil­ton-Prime said there was a “cry out for more aged care” where in­de­pen­dence was still main­tained.

The site at 9 Har­vest Loop is cur­rently owned and op­er­ated by Mercy Health, with a 33-bed res­i­den­tial aged care fa­cil­ity, which is pro­posed to be de­mol­ished, and a 22-villa re­tire­ment vil­lage.

The new fa­cil­ity pro­poses four clus­ters of build­ings rang­ing from two to three storeys to ac­com­mo­date 128 bed­rooms, as well as a small gro­cer, cafe, lounge, health and well­be­ing cen­tre and in­ter­nal court­yards.

Plan­ning So­lu­tions di­rec­tor Tayne Ever­shed said the ap­pli­cant was sat­is­fied with all conditions ex­cept one.

He re­quested dele­tion of the re­quire­ment for land­scap­ing that dis­cour­ages ve­hi­cles from park­ing within the Pi­o­neer Drive and Har­vest Loop verge.

This could in­clude na­tive ground cov­ers and small plants in­stead of just grass.

Mr Ever­shed said all park­ing ex­cept four bays would be in the one place (off Har­vest Loop), im­prov­ing the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion which was “a whole bunch of bays scat­tered”.

Plan­ning ser­vices man­ager Chris Leigh said while the City was “com­fort­able with the ex­tent of park­ing on the site”, park­ing on the verge was a “pre-ex­ist­ing is­sue” par­tic­u­larly with school traf­fic from Mater Dei Col­lege and peo­ple park­ing across the verge foot­path.

Though spe­cial­ist mem­ber John Syme be­lieved it was “just on the edge of un­rea­son­able” to re­quire par­tic­u­lar land­scap­ing on the City-owned verge, his mo­tion to delete the con­di­tion was de­feated 2-3.

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