THE Western Australian government has approved a major aged care precinct by Southern Cross Care in the City of Joondalup.
Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the proposed hub development will generate hundreds of jobs during construction and will support more jobs once operational.
The scheme amendment involved rezoning a portion of Lot 1 Sunlander Drive in Currambine from R80 Residential zone to Commercial and Mixed Use zones, in line with recommendation from the City of Joondalup.
The first stage of Southern Cross Care’s precinct include an aged care residence for up to 138 seniors, including 88 residential care beds and up to 50 age-in-place apartments.
Further stages will include additional residential development and medical services for retirees and downsizers, commercial space and shared green space.
“This 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,” Saffioti said.
“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 said.
City of Joondalup Deputy Mayor Russ Fishwick added that not only will this project deliver much needed aged care accommodation, it will also create jobs.
“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,” he concluded.