- Key election commitment to fast-track aged care establishments underway
- Land transferred for two aged care developments in metropolitan and regional WA
- New aged care facilities will improve quality of life for the elderly and support WA jobs
The McGowan Government has begun work on delivering another key election commitment to increase and establish new aged care facilities for the State's elderly.
Since the McGowan Government took office, more than 30 aged care development opportunities have been assisted through land transfers, rezonings, develop approvals and State Government land projects.
These various aged care projects are expected to create at least another 1,500 aged care beds across Western Australia in the coming years.
The latest sites to benefit from the State Government's policy are Lesmurdie in the Perth Hills and Emu Point near Albany, which have been earmarked for revitalised aged care developments.
Two lots at Sunshine Park in Lesmurdie and two at Gwen Hardie Lodge in Emu Point have been transferred to Burswood Care Pty Ltd, on the provision they will be used or developed for aged care facilities.
Under the Deed of Consent, signed by Lands Minister Rita Saffioti, Burswood Care must refurbish and improve the current facilities of three of the four lots within three years.
One of the lots in Lesmurdie is an undeveloped site where a new aged care facility will be constructed within seven years.
An aged care working group was established in January to continue the commitment to fast-track the availability of State-owned land and property for aged care facilities.
The group includes Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes, and representatives from key State Government departments.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"Fast-tracking aged care establishments was a key election commitment, and I'm pleased to see this is in motion.
"There is a significant disproportion between the demand and supply of aged care beds, and our plans to increase and establish new WA aged care facilities will help balance this issue.
"We are already injecting millions of dollars towards residential aged care facilities, which includes commitments in the regions to put patients first."
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Bringing on more aged care beds will alleviate pressure on our hospitals and ensures our patients receive quality care in a timely fashion.
"We are being more collaborative, innovative and efficient as we can to ensure suitable sites are made available for aged care facilities to enable the elderly community to age in place."
Comments attributed to Planning and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti:
"This is another example of land being made available by the McGowan Government to deliver more aged care facilities for WA's ageing population.
"We are also looking at unused buildings such as Woodside Maternity Hospital in East Fremantle, which the State Government sold last year to be redeveloped as an aged care facility."
Comments attributed to Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes:
"It's been a pressing issue for the area and many elderly Western Australians and their families, so it's terrific this marks the start of a plan for more aged care facilities across the State.
"I am pleased to be part of the working group, which is developing the strategy for a more integrated aged care service in WA."
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