Alkimos aged care plan deferred over unacceptable bushfire management plan

Artist’s impression of the proposed aged care facility.
Artist’s impression of the proposed aged care facility.

THE Metro North-West Joint Development Assessment Panel has deferred its decision on a $25 million aged care facility in Alkimos.

A report by the City of Wanneroo presented at the September 1 panel meeting recommended refusing Aegis Aged Care Group’s application for the facility on Magellan Road.

This was because the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) deemed the bushfire management plan unacceptable as there was only one access road.

Planning Solutions director Tayne Evershed, who presented on behalf of the application, said they had engaged with the City and DFES and it was proposed an existing service road could be extended to provide temporary emergency access.

Mr Evershed said there were a couple of options and believed the issue could be resolved in the next 18-24 months before construction started.

Presiding member Karen Hyde and fellow panellists were uncomfortable about the lack of clarity.

“There are so many areas outside your control,” she said.

Specialist member John Syme said they could not approve it unless they had “something better”.

The panel resolved to defer the decision for four weeks to enable the City and applicant to investigate options for bushfire emergency access.

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