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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