BASSENDEAN council committed to investigate upgrading the 60-year-old Bassendean Child Health Centre after knocking back temporary rental options for the centre.
At the June 27 council meeting, council agreed not to rent temporary premises on Old Perth Road and instead investigate enhancing the existing facility to meet client needs as an interim measure.
The condition of the building will be determined by the Asset Management Working Group.
According to an officer’s report, three sites including the former Bassendean Physiotherapy Centre, 91 Old Perth Road and shop 2, 53 Old Perth Road were inspected.
The third location was most suitable, with renovations to the infrastructure costing $43,000 and rent $15,600 per year.
Bassendean resident Sarah Quinton, who started a survey on the centre in June, said it was encouraging to see the Town investigate options for the ageing clinic.
“I knew the centre was 60 years old, had security issues and was uncomfortable for new mums post birth so it wasn’t surprising that many others in the community felt the same way,” she said.
“We’re now having 157 babies born in Bassendean; add that workload to the already hundreds of babies needing care and our centre suddenly isn’t big enough, let alone worthy of our new parents.
“We need urgent action and with a State Budget around the corner and a new financial year impending, its time the Town of Bassendean and the State Government allocated sufficient funds to this desperately needed clinic.”
The survey, which garnered 42 respondents, found more than half of respondents had to wait for ‘milestone’ appointments and 97 per cent agreed the centre needed an addition.
Ms Quinton said she would present the full results at the next council meeting on July 25.
Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H6C6GZD.