The private operator has applied to build a $29.2 million 154-bed RAC facility at St Clair, 44km west of Sydney’s CBD.
Talks about the 1.057 hectare site that backs onto the M4 have been held with Penrith Council four times since August 2019 to discuss the designs. Due to the size of the capital investment in the project, it will be determined by the Sydney Western City Planning Panel.
“Over 12% of the local population is aged 65-plus and this is expected to increase significantly over the next few decades,” said an Opal HealthCare spokeswoman.
“We need to provide for their future care with increased services and dedicated dementia care that supports residents to live with meaning and purpose while staying closely connected to their local community.”
Opal Healthcare will open an aged care facility in Glenmore Park, which is about 13km west of St Clair, next year. The Sydney-based operator has aged care facilities throughout NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.