Physio business not too great a stretch

The couple, who run Flinders Avenue Physiotherapy in Hillarys, applied for a change of use from showroom to medical centre at 13 Hobsons Gate.

Applicant Jamie Shaw said at a City of Joondalup council briefing last month that as Joondalup residents, they had identified a need for a designated physiotherapy clinic because there was not one in Currambine, Kinross, Burns Beach or Connolly.

He said they had been liaising with Kinross Medical Centre and Currambine Family Practice and both said there was demand for the services they would offer, ‘specifically women’s health physiotherapy and individual Pilates exercise rehabilitation’.

‘We’ve also had feedback from the local child health nurse, who will be working from the community centre, that specialised service in women’s health and pregnancy services will be a valuable service to the local community,’ he said.

When applying for the change of use to medical centre, council administration noted the proposal would increase the car parking bay shortfall from five to 25.

However, applicant Caroline Shaw said parking required for a physiotherapy clinic was different.

She said a GP would usually require 6-8 bays per hour but physiotherapy appointments were longer and so a practitioner would only require a maximum of three per hour.

She also said the peak times for the practice would be opposite to the surrounding offices and showrooms.

The change of use was approved unanimously on the condition a maximum of five practitioners could operate at one time.