Palmyra: City of Melville edge closer to agreement to create health care facilities on corner of Canning Highway and Stock Road

d489867d The Nyisztor Studio would make way for the health facilities. Picture: Jon Hewson
d489867d The Nyisztor Studio would make way for the health facilities. Picture: Jon Hewson

WORLD-CLASS health facilities are a step closer to coming to the corner of Canning Highway and Stock Road following a series of City of Melville decisions.

The council released a business plan in October 2018 which listed Melville Health, Aged and Community WA Pty Ltd as the preferred proponent to develop 391 Canning Highway and 36-38A Waddell Road into an integrated aged care and community wellbeing centre.

The Melville Theatre Company. Picture: Jon Hewson

The plan would see the current facilities on the site, the Senior Citizens Centre, Meals on Wheels, Melville Theatre Company and Nyisztor Studio impacted.

At the December 18 meeting, the council decided to allow chief executive Marten Tieleman to proceed with the preparation of a ground lease agreement with aged care facility providers and then present it to council.

The centre would be a new “world class ageing facility” with acute care, dementia and complex care, community care, mental health management, young and disabled health services, according to the City’s business plan.

The plan stated the ground lease as potentially running for 40 years with the City to receive $350,000 per year along with GST and outgoings.

The estimated value of the lease excluding rent reviews is $14 million for the first 40 years and $31.5 million for 90 years if further lease options were exercised.

City of Melville chief executive Marten Tieleman said proposal included a provision for the inclusion of the Stock Road Senior Citizens Club, young and disabled health services, as well as various associated services, and will offer significant employment opportunities.

“The Council has approved the preparation of the ground lease agreement, which will be presented to Council sometime in the first half of 2019 once finalised,” he said.

“The ground lease agreement will contain conditions to be met by the Lessee for construction to commence.

“No official timeline for construction has been set, as this will be detailed in the agreement to follow.”

Mr Tieleman said the organisations and impacted community groups had been kept “fully informed” through the process so far and would be consulted during the project.