Chal­lenger Precinct re­de­vel­oper cho­sen

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Gabrielle Jef­fery

RE­DE­VEL­OP­MENT of Chal­lenger Lodge into a mul­ti­storey res­i­den­tial aged care fa­cil­ity was se­cured after Bap­tist­care In­cor­po­rated was cho­sen for the con­tract at the City of Rock­ing­ham’s last coun­cil meet­ing for 2017.

Plans to re­de­velop the site, the Chal­lenger Precinct, were first an­nounced in Oc­to­ber 2017.

It at­tracted wide­spread in­ter­est from aged care providers, builders and ar­chi­tec­tural firms.

Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels said 67 or­gan­i­sa­tions sought in­for­ma­tion about it.

By the end of the ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est pe­riod, five sub­mis­sions were lodged.

“The City is de­lighted to ap­point Bap­tist­care as the suc­cess­ful re­de­vel­oper and aged care provider for the Chal­lenger Precinct site,” he said.

“Their sub­mis­sion was out­stand­ing. They share the City’s vi­sion of a con­tem­po­rary, age-in-place fa­cil­ity where res­i­dents can ac­cess on­site ser­vice de­liv­ery.”

Bap­tist­care chief ex­ec­u­tive Rus­sell Brick­nell said the precinct of­fered a unique op­por­tu­nity for in­no­va­tive aged care so­lu­tions.

“We are thrilled to con­tinue our 25-year re­la­tion­ship with the local com­mu­nity and plan a new era of ac­com­mo­da­tion and ser­vices,” he said.

“Our phi­los­o­phy of putting peo­ple first and de­liv­er­ing not­for-profit care and sup­port de­signed specif­i­cally for in­di­vid­u­als is very much in line with the City of Rock­ing­ham’s vi­sion for the Chal­lenger Precinct Re­de­vel­op­ment.”

Bap­tist­care ranked first with a score of 95 out of 100, while RAAFA (WA) and South­ern Cross Care ranked highly.

Opal Spe­cial­ist Aged Care and Ama­roo Vil­lage & Thomas Build­ing (Joint Ven­ture Agree­ment) also sent sub­mis­sions.

Cr Sam­mels said the num­ber of se­niors in Rock­ing­ham was likely to al­most dou­ble dur­ing the next 20 years.

“It’s vi­tal that we start im­ple­ment­ing a plan now to meet the ac­com­mo­da­tion and care needs of this grow­ing seg­ment of our pop­u­la­tion,” he said.

“One of the main con­sid­er­a­tions of this project is that the rights and in­ter­ests of the Chal­lenger Court fa­cil­ity res­i­dents are pro­tected not only un­der the law, but also eth­i­cally and morally.”

The re­de­vel­op­ment is to be done in four stages al­though stage four de­pends on the re­lease of the Crown Land, cur­rently sub­ject to a Na­tive Ti­tle claim.

Work is ex­pected to start on­site in about 12 months.

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