Baptistcare has been selected by the City of Rockingham in Western Australia to create new accomodation options for local seniors as part of a broader precinct redevelopment.

Baptistcare, which provides residential and home care in Western Australia, was given the green light to commence project scoping and feasibility following a formal Expression of Interest process for the Challenger Precinct Redevelopment.

Land earmarked for seniors accommodation in the precinct offers a unique opportunity to consider innovative and contemporary solutions to meet the needs of Rockingham’s rapidly ageing population, Baptistcare CEO Russell Bricknell said.

Baptistcare CEO Russell Bricknell

“We’ve been providing care, support and retirement living options for seniors in Rockingham for almost 25 years, so we are thrilled to continue our relationship with the local community and plan a new era of accommodation and services,” Mr Bricknell said.

“Our philosophy of putting people first and delivering not-for-profit care and support designed specifically for individuals is very much in line with the City of Rockingham’s vision for the Challenger Precinct Redevelopment.”

Mayor of the City of Rockingham,  Barry Sammels said “After a thorough assessment of all the submissions the City is delighted to appoint Baptistcare as the successful redeveloper and aged care provider for the Challenger Precinct site. They share the City’s vision of a contemporary, age-in-place facility where residents can access onsite service delivery.”

“The number of seniors in the City of Rockingham is anticipated to almost double over the next 20 years, so it’s vital that we start implementing a plan now to meet the accommodation and care needs of this growing segment of our population”.

“One of the main considerations of this project is that the rights and interests of the Challenger Court facility residents are protected not only under the law, but also ethically and morally. The City is satisfied that Baptistcare has the necessary skills, experience and resources to fulfil this consideration.”

Mr Bricknell said project planning is in the early stages, will involve extensive community consultation and, subject to Council and Baptistcare Board approvals, will involve a staged roll- out over the next decade.

“This project is about meeting future needs and coming up with design and construction solutions that put Rockingham at the forefront of contemporary accommodation for seniors, so we intend to take the time necessary to properly plan and engage with local representatives and residents.”

“Delivering accommodation choices that are fully integrated into the overall Challenger Precinct and can be built with minimum disruption to existing residents and the surrounding community are key drivers for Baptistcare for this project.”

Work is expected to start onsite in about 12 months.