More hostel land options sought

Last week, councillors deferred an application to release a business plan from Curtin Care, which operates the facility, that would have the land transferred to the non-profit organisation so it could expand the facilities and secure its future.

However, Mayor Jock Barker said the council had to explore options for the site and �that (Curtin Care) might not be the best option�.

�We might get some competitive bids for that site in aged care,� Mr Barker said.

Curtin Care has used the Wearne site since the 1980s and in 2009, the State Government transferred it to four local governments � Claremont, Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove and Mosman Park � that rent it to the organisation for nominal rent.

Curtin Care deputy chairman Michael Jones said the site was �vastly underutilised�.

�The current facility is expensive to operate and there�s a limited number of beds� we want to increase aged care places and facilities,� Mr Jones said. �The land cannot be used for commercial means.�

Claremont ratepayer Roslyn MacNish said the land belonged to ratepayers and should not be given away to a �single business�.

More options for the site needed to be presented by the council.

�It�s unfair to other companies in the aged care industry,� she said.

Peppermint Grove and Cottesloe councils have released the business plan for public comment but Mosman Park has also deferred a decision.

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