Care provider’s $80m plan for site

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

AGED care provider Curtin Care wants to talk with its neigh­bours about pro­posed ex­pan­sion of its Wearne Hos­tel now that coun­cils have agreed on a 25-year lease for the Marine Pa­rade, Cottes­loe site.

“It will be an op­por­tu­nity to do com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and plan­ning for the new de­vel­op­ment,” Curtin Care chair­man David Cox said.

Not-for-profit Curtin Care wants to spend about $80 mil­lion build­ing new res­i­den­tial care ac­com­mo­da­tion for about 110 of the el­derly, in ad­di­tion to in­de­pen­dent and ser­viced apart­ments for about 90 se­niors.

The plans could also add com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a small mu­seum, gar­dens and a hall.

Cottes­loe, Mos­man Park, Clare­mont and Pep­per­mint Grove coun­cils jointly own the site, which is held in trust for aged care.

Talks with the lo­cal gov­ern­ments about a new lease that would se­cure Curtin Care’s fu­ture and the hos­tel’s pro­posed ex­pan­sion have gone on for the past six months.

Last Mon­day, Cottes­loe Coun­cil was the last of the coun­cils to sup­port a 25-year lease for aged care, which would start when most of the pro­posed ex­pan­sion of the hos­tel is com­pleted.

The lease will in­clude a nom­i­nal an­nual rent to Curtin Care and Clare­mont Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Goode has been au­tho­rised to pre­pare lease doc­u­ments cost­ing each coun­cil about $2500.

Mr Cox said it was hoped the lease would be com­pleted in early 2016, pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion would be con­ducted in the next six months and an ex­pected de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion would be ready late-2016.

He said con­struc­tion to the point when the new lease would take ef­fect would take about five years.

“We will not dis­place the hos­tel’s res­i­dents in any way, and they will have the first op­tions of mov­ing into the new build­ings,” Mr Cox said.

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