Aged care provider’s $80m plan for site in Cottesloe

AGED care provider Curtin Care wants to talk with its neighbours about proposed expansion of its Wearne Hostel now that councils have agreed on a 25-year lease for the Marine Parade, Cottesloe site.

“It will be an opportunity to do community consultation and planning for the new development,” Curtin Care chairman David Cox said.

Not-for-profit Curtin Care wants to spend about $80 million building new residential care accommodation for about 110 of the elderly, in addition to independent and serviced apartments for about 90 seniors.

The plans could also add community facilities, including a small museum, gardens and a hall.

Cottesloe, Mosman Park, Claremont and Peppermint Grove councils jointly own the site, which is held in trust for aged care.

Talks with the local governments about a new lease that would secure Curtin Care’s future and the hostel’s proposed expansion have gone on for the past six months.

Last Monday, Cottesloe Council was the last of the councils to support a 25-year lease for aged care, which would start when most of the proposed expansion of the hostel is completed.

The lease will include a nominal annual rent to Curtin Care and Claremont Council chief executive Stephen Goode has been authorised to prepare lease documents costing each council about $2500.

Mr Cox said it was hoped the lease would be completed in early 2016, public consultation would be conducted in the next six months and an expected development application would be ready late-2016.

He said construction to the point when the new lease would take effect would take about five years.

“We will not displace the hostel’s residents in any way, and they will have the first options of moving into the new buildings,” Mr Cox said.