Council rejects hostel review plea

Foodbank partnership manager David Warren with a delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables. Picture: Marcus Whissonwww.communitypix.com.au d401951
Foodbank partnership manager David Warren with a delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables. Picture: Marcus Whissonwww.communitypix.com.au d401951

The City owns and operates the village and hostel, which began operations in 1986. Recently, the City engaged Grant Thornton to undertake a strategic aged-care service review of the village and hostel to determine a sustainable direction for its future management and operations.

Three options were recommended for consideration. Option one was that the City continues to manage the site with no changes to the site’s assets, option two was to engage a new operator to manage the City’s assets and the third was to transfer ownership of the assets to a professional aged-care operator.

The report passed by council asks the chief executive to investigate options two and three.

Cr Cala’s alternative motion suggested that before considering any options, council hold a workshop to discuss plans to close the hostel, examine a business and implementation strategy to replace 20 independent living units, and develop additional leasing arrangements to provide new residents with the option of capital appreciation on new dwellings.

Cr Cala said if council supported the officer’s recommendation, they would be getting back on the ‘merry-go-round’ and not achieving anything.

South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the running of a hostel was not core to local government business.

Also endorsed in the report was the recommendation the City pursue a land swap proposal involving McDougall Park and the village.