Signature Care hits speed bump with 144-bed aged care facility south of Perth

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Graeme Croft’s Signature Care claims the City of Mandurah wants to place “unrealistic” conditions on a development proposal for a 144-bed aged care facility in Dawesville, 88km south of Perth.

All bar one of the councillors recommended the WA Planning Commission approve the facility at a meeting last week, but with a range of conditions.

Signature Care has objected to four of these, including the need for at least 10% public open space, a vegetation buffer between the site and the road and the need for a payment to go towards an existing pedestrian underpass.

Dawesville Mayor Rhys Williams said he didn’t believe the changes were “major” or “unachievable”, and adding “the conditions that have been put in place are the only reason I can support this.”

But the operator has hit back, with CEO Graeme Croft saying these additional conditions would mean “additional cost/restrictions that our planners believe are unrealistic”.

The provider had hoped to start earthworks in December this year or late January 2021.

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