- McGowan Government provides land for Central East Aged Care Alliance
- New facility will allow elderly people to continue living in the Wheatbelt
- Development will support local jobs
The McGowan Government will transfer land in Westonia to the Central East Aged Care Alliance (CEACA) for the development of age-friendly, independent living units.
A portion of the reserve at 20 Quartz Street, Westonia, will be transferred to CEACA - a not-for-profit association formed in partnership with 11 Wheatbelt shires - which provides services and facilities encouraging elderly people to remain living within the region.
CEACA has a six-year program to construct 187 dwellings across the Wheatbelt to meet the need for seniors' accommodation in the region.
The transfer is conditional on the land being used solely for aged care, in line with the Land Administration Act 1997.
In January, the McGowan Government established an aged care working group to continue its commitment to fast-track the availability of State-owned land and property for aged care facilities.
Comments attributed to Lands Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The Wheatbelt's aging population means there is a clear need for affordable and sustainable housing for elderly people.
"This land transfer will allow the development of an aged care facility to address this need.
"We have prioritised the fast-tracking of aged care establishments throughout WA by land transfers, rezonings, development approvals and land projects."
Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray:
"The McGowan Government is committed to improving aged care options in the regions.
"In less than 10 years, more than one-in-five Western Australians will be 60 or over.
"We need to ensure we do what we can to make sure our communities are inclusive, accommodating places to live for older people."
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Making more land available and fast-tracking aged care establishments was a key election commitment.
"There is a significant disproportion between demand and supply of aged care beds, and our plans to increase and establish new WA aged care facilities will help balance this issue.
"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 as efficient as we can to ensure suitable sites are made available for aged care facilities to enable the elderly community to age in place."
Lands Minister's office: 6552 5500
Seniors and Ageing Minister's office: 6552 6400
Health Minister's office: 6552 6500