Decision deferred on Rosewood expansion

CONTENTIOUS plans for a big upgrade to Rosewood Care Group’s retirement home on Cleaver Street were deferred by the Development Assessment Panel on Wednesday, leaving the 421 people who signed a petition against it breathing a temporary sigh of relief.

Perth’s in dire need of more aged care beds and the $65 million upgrade to the not-for-profit care home would add 100 new spots, but while many locals support the intent, they are concerned about the six-storey add-on.

Nearby resident Alf Parolo attended the DAP meeting and told the two councillors and three state-appointed experts on the panel that locals are “opposed to the height”.

• The design for the new Cleaver Street facility will add new beds for older folks needing care, but the size has locals alarmed.

• The design for the new Cleaver Street facility will add new beds for older folks needing care, but the size has locals alarmed.

He says “there’s support for aged care” but some neighbours are concerned they’ll be left in shadow.

They also don’t want to see the heritage cottage on the site so heavily imposed on by the big block that’ll sit behind it.

“There was a cry from the gallery about locals wanting more consultation,” he says, and they’re hoping RCG will hold more talks with affected neighbours before coming back with an amended plan.

Rosewood CEO Mario Zulberti said “we are contemplating our position and will not be making any further comment at this stage”.

by DAVID BELL

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