Work starts on $36m Alfred Cove aged care facility


Opal’s WA general manager Daymon Joseph, Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey and T and Z Architects director Peter Leighton.
Opal’s WA general manager Daymon Joseph, Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey and T and Z Architects director Peter Leighton.

WORK is officially underway on Opal’s new Alfred Cove aged care facility.

The $36 million, 120-bed development will be constructed on a Kitchener Road plot formerly home to the Striker Indoor Sports Centre.

Residents will have a choice of rooms including singles with ensuites and companion rooms, and the facility will also have a dedicated memory support wing providing specialist care for people with dementia.

Opal’s WA general manager Daymon Joseph said with a current under-supply of aged care beds in the Melville region, and the demand for residential aged care set to increase, the facility would address a “very real community need”.

The site was previously slated to become a new apartment complex, but that push was rejected after a fight from local residents not keen on high density in the area.

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the three-storey aged care facility was a good fit, allowing the City’s older residents to remain closer to their families and creating plenty of new jobs.

Some 100 tradesman will be employed to build it, while even more will be employed to staff it.

The facility will be finished in 12 months.

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