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Relocation on the Table for Retirement Village Residents

Published: Thursday, 8 November 2018 at 12:13:35 PM

The prospect of relocation is on the horizon for residents of The Port Hedland Retirement Village on Stevens Street.

The facility has been assessed as unfit for purpose, with compromised structural integrity posing health and safety risks to residents.

The building contains asbestos and is not fit to withstand cyclonic weather events.

Mayor Camilo Blanco acknowledged the inconvenience to residents facing the prospect of relocating.

“This facility has a long history in town, which many occupants have proudly called home for years.

“However, we are now at a stage where the structure is not fit for purpose and places unacceptably high risks on the health and safety of residents, all of who are valued members of our community.

“We will not be forcing anyone to relocate at this stage. However, we will not be renewing leases due to the building’s condition.

“I’m pleased that we have been able to identify alternative accommodation in Osprey Village in South Hedland, which is clean, modern and most importantly safe.

“The Town is currently investigating how we can support ageing in Hedland, and possibly engaging partners to develop more fit for purpose facilities for older people.

“The Town will be consulting with residents in the coming weeks to make sure any transition to new accommodation is as smooth as possible, with minimal disruption to the lives of residents.

“The Council is yet to decide on the final fate of the Port Hedland Retirement Village on Stevens Street – we will update the community in due course.”

For media information
Laura Hawes, Manager Marketing Events and Communications
(08) 9158 9365
lhawes@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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