United in vi­sion for care fa­cil­ity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

AR­CHI­TECTS, plan­ners, project man­agers and com­mu­ni­ca­tions ex­perts are team­ing up to man­age re­de­vel­op­ment of Curtin Care’s Wearne aged care fa­cil­ity in Cottesloe.

“We are start­ing with a blank sheet of pa­per and an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to draw a great pic­ture of the fu­ture for peo­ple who will even­tu­ally call Wearne Cottesloe home,” Curtin Care chair­man David Cox said.

The 5ha fa­cil­ity’s re­de­vel­op­ment got the go-ahead af­ter the leasees of the Marine Pa­radeGib­ney Street site – com­pris­ing Cottesloe, Mos­man Park, Clare­mont and Pep­per­mint Grove coun­cils – each gave ap­proval to the project dur­ing this year.

Mr Cox said the team en­vis­aged new in­de­pen­dent liv­ing self­con­tained apart­ments, with ac­cess to aged care ser­vices, and res­i­den­tial aged care.

Wearne res­i­dents could also be con­nected to the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity by new sports fa­cil­i­ties, an arts cen­tre, gym or cafe, which the pub­lic could use to make the precinct more like a vil­lage.

“And you wouldn’t have to be 55-plus,” Mr Cox said

Wearne Cottesloe has op­er­ated since 1979, with its nearby 1897-built her­itage build­ings in­cor­po­rated into the mod­ern build­ings, now man­aged by Bethanie.

Mr Cox said the team would ad­vise Curtin Care’s board about what could be in the re­de­vel­op­ment, the first part of which would be con­sul­ta­tion with neigh­bours, the com­mu­nity and coun­cils last­ing six months, be­fore the pos­si­ble start of con­struc­tion in the sec­ond half of 2018, in­clud­ing restora­tion of her­itage build­ings.

Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett

Curtin Care deputy chair­man Michael Jones, chair­man David Cox and direc­tor Michele Rosano are part of the team run­ning the Wearne Cottesloe re­de­vel­op­ment.

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