Housing Tasmania has submitted a development application to the Clarence City Council for the Wirksworth Integrated Aged Care facility as part of the Tasmanian Government’s Affordable Housing Strategy.
The Wirksworth facility will be the first of its kind for Tasmania, providing affordable high quality care and accommodation to elderly Tasmanians who are financially disadvantaged, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
This project is one way the Tasmanian Government is working to alleviate housing stress for Tasmanians in need and has attracted public support from peak bodies. Click here to read a media statement from COTA and Shelter Tas.
Wirksworth will provide much needed safe, affordable accommodation for 50 elderly Tasmanians who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.
After consultation with the community, the project is now subject to the council approval process, and residents with any additional comments or questions are encouraged to engage with that process.
In addition, work will occur with the local community to develop the land on the site not used for the facility into a space that will add value to the local community.
The construction of this facility is expected to create 50 full-time construction jobs and provide total economic activity of $30 million, as well as create approximately 31 full time jobs over the long term for aged care staff.
The Australian Government provides the funding of the annual running of the facility. The facility will be operated by Wintringham, which has a celebrated track record of making a difference to the lives of thousands of older people.
The graphic below shows the proposed layout of the facility on the site and the surrounding area.
The facility would take up approximately one third of the site with the rest of the site remaining as public open space.
The Wirksworth Estate Integrated Aged Care project is located at Wirksworth Park, Bellerive. This is part of the Clarence City Council. The development will adhere to council planning schemes, state planning policies, regulations, and legislation.