Rezone move welcomed in Ballajura

Ballajura Senior Citizens Association vice-president Laurie Chapman, Rita Saffioti MLA, Cr John McNamara and Cr Maria Haynes at the site of the aged care facility in Ballajura. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d444626
Ballajura Senior Citizens Association vice-president Laurie Chapman, Rita Saffioti MLA, Cr John McNamara and Cr Maria Haynes at the site of the aged care facility in Ballajura. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d444626

A CHANGE to zoning of land in Ballajura will bring the development of an aged care facility at Lot 12513 Paradise Quays a step closer.

Planning Minister John Day recently approved Amendment 105 to the City of Swan’s Local Planning Scheme that rezoned the site from local reserve to special use.

West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti, who has campaigned for an aged care facility at the site since 2010, welcomed the news with the Water Corporation and City of Swan agreeing to commit funds to relocate the chlorine facility within the Mirrabooka Water Treatment Plant.

The chlorine facility creates a 200m buffer zone that currently covers the Paradise Quays site, adjacent to Alexander Drive; while it continues to exist no development can occur on the site.

Ms Saffioti said relocation of the plant would start this month and was expected to be completed in January 2017.

She said providing aged care options for West Australians must be a priority for government. The significant delays with the project showed that the State Government was not serious about addressing the needs of an ageing population.

“There is a real need for aged care accommodation in Ballajura and the land could potentially house hundreds of residents with many services nearby,” she said.

Mr Day said the developer could now lodge a development application with the local council or Development Assessment Panel for determination.

Mayor Charlie Zannino said the City had been advocating for the establishment of additional aged care facilities in the area for many years.