The vision for the future of Western Australia’s largest retirement, aged care and community services precinct has been revealed with Juniper’s masterplan for the iconic Rowethorpe site open for public comment.
Chief Executive Vaughan Harding said the Juniper Rowethorpe campus in Bentley was earmarked for a massive transformation over the next three decades to accommodate the needs of Perth’s ageing population.
“The masterplan will guide the incremental development of the site to maximise its potential and opportunities to connect people and places, to enhance individual health wellbeing and further advance training and education prospects between Juniper and its neighbour, Curtin University,” he said.
The organisation’s efforts to enhance the 12 hectare site are backed by a vision to create a community that puts people first while maximising the benefits of the site’s assets. Key objectives of the masterplan include:
- Creation of a socially sustainable village where people have more opportunities to connect, interact, recreate and enjoy their homes and community
- Improved street layouts to make moving about, navigation and wayfinding easier
- Create a clearly defined heart of Juniper Rowethorpe with a series of key spaces and gardens to foster a sense of place and shared occupation
- Maintain and optimise the garden landscape qualities of the campus
- Advance education and training opportunities with partner organisations, including Curtin University; and
- Improve car parking arrangements for the whole site.
Currently home to more than 200 retirement villas, apartments and units plus four aged care homes, training centres and community facilities, Juniper Rowethorpe will deliver more housing and residential aged care beds.
As plans are rolled out and the project advances over the coming decades a total of 555 retirement units, an increase of 345, and a total of 284 residential aged care beds, an increase of 27, will be created.
The plans for the site divide the area into several zones that will be developed over time. The first stage of the project will deliver two new residential buildings and new recreational spaces over about five years. Proposed amenities include upgrades to the site’s bowling club and facilities; extra visitor parking and temporary relocation of the Rowethorpe Chapel.
“Since its establishment in 1961 Juniper Rowethorpe has been a place of change, responding to the growing needs of the community,” Mr Harding said.
“The masterplan clearly reflects the requirements and aspirations of our residents now and into the future.”
Future upgrades to power, water and gas to the site are envisioned to embody efficient energy use and deliver cost-efficiencies to residents.
The masterplan has been released for community comment and interested parties have until 5pm 22 January 2018 to make submissions. Copies of the document are available from the Town of Victoria Park or online at yourthoughts.victoriapark.wa.gov.au/rowethorpe-village-masterplan.
For more information about Juniper and its care, accommodation and support services you can call during office hours on 1300 313 000.
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