With the number of older Australians set to more than double over the next 40 years, a new planning guide and scheme amendment were key priorities for the Government and are the latest initiatives to fast track aged care accommodation across Western Australia.
The new position statement removes planning barriers, streamlines delivery across all local governments and introduces two new land use types - residential aged care facility and independent living complex.
The policy also calls for aged care accommodation to be integrated within local communities, serviced by adequate transport networks and located close to health and community services to support options for ageing in place and meet the everyday needs of residents.
Since the McGowan Government took office, more than 50 aged care development opportunities have been assisted through land transfers, rezonings, development approvals and State Government land projects.
These various projects are expected to create at least another 1,900 aged care beds across Western Australia in the coming years.
Today's policy release also coincides with gazettal of a Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment for Heidelberg Park in Carmel, within the City of Kalamunda, that will enable the land to be used for aged care purposes.
Driven by Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes, this amendment is in direct response to the Government's commitment to make aged care more available for all Western Australians.
The land - located at the corner of Canning and Pomeroy roads alongside paths, parkland and playgrounds - will allow for a new aged care development providing opportunities for local residents to age in place and remain in the Perth Hills later in life.
Finalisation of the MRS amendment delivers a key election commitment to find suitable land in the Hills district for residential aged care.
The wider aged care policy was developed in consultation with the McGowan Government's cross-agency Aged Care Availability Working Group, initiated by Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes.
Mr Hughes was appointed an ex-officio member of the group that comprised representatives from the departments of Health; Planning, Lands and Heritage; Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries; and Communities.
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