Western Australian Minister for Transport and Planning, the Hon. Rita Saffioti, has approved a planning scheme amendment that will facilitate the development of a new residential aged care residence and health and wellness precinct in Currambine.
The proposed hub development adjoins Sunlander Drive near Currambine Train Station, and is expected to generate hundreds of jobs during construction and support many more jobs once operational.
Southern Cross Care plans to create a much-needed health and wellness precinct for seniors including an aged care residence for up to 138 seniors, including 88 residential care beds and up to 50 age-in-place apartments.
The health and wellness precinct will also provide access to specialist medical care for seniors.
Southern Cross Care has indicated that early works of the first stage will commence in the coming months to help create jobs when they are needed.
Further stages will include additional residential development and medical services for retirees and downsizers, commercial space and shared green space for the community.
The scheme amendement involved rezoning a portion of Lot 1 Sunlander Drive in Currambine from R80 Residential zone to Commercial and Mixed Use zones, in line with a recommendation from the City of Joondalup.
This zoning will provide residents of both the aged care residence and the adjacent community with access to a wide variety of essential medical and health services, contributing to an active, street-orientated development which will increase the amenity of the facility.
Ms Saffioti said it is an exciting new mixed-use development that will deliver much-needed aged care beds and housing for downsizers in the growing northern suburbs, creating an active community precinct that will benefit the wider region.
“It is a major boost when these sorts of developments integrate with the needs of the local community and offer shared services as this one proposes to do,” she commented.
City of Joondalup Deputy Mayor Russ Fishwick said the project will deliver much needed aged care accommodation, and will also offer construction jobs in the short term and ongoing employment in the aged care sector in the long term.
“This is potentially a great economic boost for our community – providing local jobs closer to home – and builds on our planning to maximise quality development and related services around transport hubs,” Mr Fishwick concluded.