Respite centre delayed

ELISIA SEEBERSound Telegraph

Plans for a new respite centre in Rockingham have been delayed after the land sale for the proposed site fell through.

The City of Rockingham received plans from Care Options Incorporated for a respite centre, to be built at Lot 398 Malibu Road, Safety Bay.

Care Options chief executive Ross Bradshaw said the organisation had an offer on the block, which was subject to council approval, but the conditional offer expired on June 25.

“We understand that another party has made an offer, subject to finance, on the land on Malibu Road,” he said.

“However, if council approval is given before the current offer becomes unconditional we may be able to make a new offer on the land.”

Mr Bradshaw said at the time the conditional offer expired the land was still for sale and Care Options had planned to make an unconditional offer on the land after receiving council approval.

“Once we had approval, our offer would have gone unconditional and we would have purchased the land and commenced the process of having our plans approved and built the centre,” he said.

Mr Bradshaw said the organisation was disappointed with the current result but was committed to the project.

“The plans will be delayed but our commitment to building the facility has not changed,” he said.

“Our plan is to build a house that will provide a home like environment where clients will be able to enjoy a day centre, respite support and a range of activities within the house and in the community.”

For now, Mr Bradshaw said the organisation would wait for council approval.

“Then we will consider making an offer on the land on Malibu Road, if possible, and also review other suitable sites,” he said.

“Our goal is to provide the best possible environment for our clients and we will pursue this goal.”

Council will vote on the respite centre this week.

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