A BAYSWATER City councillor said the residents of aged care units Mertome felt “let down” by the City, with discussions about redevelopment now spanning some five years.
In June, council moved to authorise aged care provider Juniper not to make vacant units at Mertome Cottages and Mertome Retreat available to prospective residents before a final decision on the future of the village site.
The total number of vacancies, excluding Mertome Gardens, is currently 12.
The empty units each cost the City $4964 per year, as upkeep costs were not covered by rent.
At a meeting last week, councillor Terry Kenyon said the Mertome facility was very run down and he wanted to see the units redeveloped. “If it were your mum and dad, you wouldn’t enjoy seeing them there,” he said.
“They feel like we’re waiting for them to die off.”
Cr Kenyon said the City should fill the units in the short-term, until a master plan was created.
“We’re an ageing society, there are a lot of people on the waiting list but are not moving in because (the units are) run down,” he said.
A decision was set to be made on potential redevelopment of Mertome in next two months.