Public Consultation Begins on Aged Care Facility

27 June 2017

The first phase of an extensive public consultation process for a new $12 million housing project for elderly Tasmanians has commenced with a public meeting at the Howrah Community Centre.

Consultation could not begin until the Government had achieved approval for the aged care funding from the Federal Government.

Wintringham is a Victorian-based not-for-profit company with an outstanding reputation specialising in the housing and care of frail, vulnerable, older people.

In 2011 Wintringham was awarded the United Nations human settlements program Habitat Scroll of Honour: the first time it was awarded to an Australian entity.

It also acknowledged the difference Wintringham has made to the lives of thousands of older people as well as to the experience of urban life in Melbourne.

While the Bellerive site is the preferred option, no decisions have yet been made and residents can be assured that a planning application will not proceed until full consultation is held.

Prior to any lodgement of a planning application Housing Tasmania will consult widely with local residents and other state holders, including the Clarence High School.

The Wintringham model of Aged Care is a key part of the Government’s $73.5 million Affordable Housing Action Plan.

The project, which allows frail, elderly Tasmanians to have secure and importantly, affordable housing so they can ‘age in place’, will create 90 jobs during construction and an ongoing 31.5 full time jobs and will inject $4.2 million into the local economy each year.

If the project proceeds at Bellerive the site will be leased to Wintringham. The land will not be sold.

The proposed development only takes up a portion of the land on the site. The balance would remain as public open space as it is today.

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