Options mooted for Kalamunda aged care facility


Jo Harris, co-ordinator of nursing, Kalamunda DCH,  Health Minister Roger Cook, Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes  and Shae Seymour, executive director of Armadale Kalamunda Group, EMHS.
Jo Harris, co-ordinator of nursing, Kalamunda DCH, Health Minister Roger Cook, Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes and Shae Seymour, executive director of Armadale Kalamunda Group, EMHS.

LAND next to Kalamunda Hospital and the decommissioned Swan Districts Hospital site are being flagged by the State Government as possible locations for aged-care facilities.

Health Minister Roger Cook made the announcement last Friday during a visit to Kalamunda District Community Hospital to announce the $1.9 million infrastructure improvements were well under way, with key contracts set to be awarded this month.

Mr Cook said it was expected that any State-owned land being considered for aged-care purposes would be available to be acquired by the non-government sector.

“The State Government is exploring the fast-tracking of processes associated with land provision to ensure aged-care providers have the opportunity of securing land in a timely manner, to build quality aged care residential facilities to meet the ongoing needs of the Western Australian community,” he said.

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the State Government was committed to removing impediments for aged-care providers.

“One of our policies is to identify land throughout the community that in the industry we call ‘lazy land’,” she said.

“That is, government-owned land that is not being used for a specific purpose and consider how we can facilitate further development of that land.

“The aged-care industry put to me that as we continue to urbanise, asking it to purchase urban zoned land on the scale that is required to get the economies of aged-care facilities is very difficult. That is prohibiting development.”

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