Paradise Quays FAQs

Learn about the aged care development in Paradise Quays, Ballajura, and the City's involvement in the project. 

The City faces a serious shortage of aged care facilities, and has been advocating for years to attract private sector investment to the region to address this shortfall.

For several years, the City has been facilitating the provision of an aged care facility in Paradise Quays, Ballajura after identifying the site and making it available for such a development.

The City of Swan has a very important role in facilitating the development of aged care facilities in our region in order to meet the increasing demand.

More than 20% of the City's population is over the age of 55. By 2036, the city will need 918 extra aged care beds and 1,300 more retirement village units.

This project will provide an invaluable aged care service for our community, which is facing a dire shortage of aged care facilities along with the wider Perth metropolitan area.

The development application will be assessed by the Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel (MEJDAP).  

A responsible authority report is prepared before MEJDAP assesses the development application. It outlines a recommendation for the panel and will include feedback from upcoming community consultation.  

This responsible authority report will be prepared independently and then reviewed by the City of Swan Council before it is submitted to MEJDAP.

Now that a draft masterplan has been approved by Council, Southern Cross Care, the aged care developer, will be undertaking community consultation, through Element WA.

Consultation will be taking place in late March.

Please visit Southern Cross Care’s website for details on registering for the consultation. 

The masterplan adopted by Council was approved pending further public advertising.

Often changes will be made as a result of informed community feedback before the final plan is adopted by Council.

The proposed precinct will provide up to 245 dwellings for both residential aged care and independent living.

It would also include a public piazza, community lounge facilities and recreational amenities, and connection to the local environment including the nearby Emu Lake.

Visit Southern Cross Care's website for further information.

There is always room for change once a draft masterplan is advertised. It is important that the community has been provided with something to comment on.

The City sought public comment in 2013 on a concept plan that was developed for an aged care facility at the site.

This concept was drafted to identify what could be achieved on the Paradise Quays site. It included a three-storey residential aged care facility and independent living units.

The purpose of creating this concept design and presenting it to the community was to seek initial support for the project and determine if there was a desire from the community to have aged care in Ballajura. It was not a masterplan. 

We don’t anticipate there to be any privacy related issues affecting neighbouring properties. We encourage community members to provide feedback around any privacy concerns during the upcoming consultation period.

No. We can assure our community that there is no truth to this statement.

Register your interest for the Paradise Quays community consultation by visiting Southern Cross Care’s website: https://www.scrosswa.org.au/sccs-paradise-quays-development-update/

Following community consultation, Southern Cross Care will present the masterplan back to Council with a summary of the feedback received, and any recommended changes to the master plan.

Southern Cross will also lodge the appropriate applications for the staged development with the City.

The development application will then be assessed by the Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel (MEJDAP).

A responsible authority report is prepared before MEJDAP assesses the development application. It outlines a recommendation for the panel and will include feedback from upcoming community consultation.

This responsible authority report will be prepared independently and then reviewed by the City of Swan Council before it is submitted to MEJDAP.

The development site is sloped with the highest point being in the northern sections of the lot. The master plan has been prepared with a careful response to this slope, while accommodating the aged demographic in a practical way. As a result, the current master plan depicts a five storey building inclusive of an underground basement (four levels above ground) at the corner of Alexander Drive and Paradise Quays. However, as the building spans north, the number of storeys reduces to three storeys above ground and eventually to the height of a two storey building above natural ground level, where it is closest to existing dwellings.

The development will be required to meet minimum setbacks in accordance with the State Government SPP No. 7 ' Design of the Built Environment' requirements.

Yes. The adjacent Emu Swamp is a Conservation Category Wetland. In preparing the site for sale to the City of Swan, the boundaries were determined by the State Government with consideration of the environmental buffer.

The City has no knowledge of cyanide in or around the Emu Swamp site.

The site was made available in consultation with agencies such as the then 'Department of Environment and Conservation'. The City was informed that the proposed land use and development would not result in the loss of conservation significant species or pose a significant environmental impact.

In Western Australia, environmental regulations allow construction work to be carried out between 7.00am and 7.00pm from Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays), ensuring that construction noise is limited to reasonable hours.

Once fully constructed and in operation, the aged care development will be limited to residents aged over 55. Any noise generated by this community would be no different to other residential communities. Servicing noises would be limited to truck deliveries and traffic noise, all which would be no different to the adjacent commercial premises or other residential traffic.

In developments of this nature, building permits will require dust management plans, construction management plans as well as dilapidation reports to limit construction impact on adjacent properties.

The funds received from the sale of Lot 501 Paradise Quays, Ballajura, will be held within a public open space reserve for the suburb of Ballajura. There have been no decisions made in relation to the allocation of surplus funds at this stage.

The money will be used across the entire suburb of Ballajura, including the opportunity for improvements to Emu Swamp. Southern Cross Care, together with the City, propose to embellish and improve public access to the Emu Swamp as a part of the proposed development, in accordance with a Management Plan which will be developed for the swamp.

Some plans will be available during consultation however, the detailed designs are yet to be developed by Southern Cross Care.

The details of visitors parking arrangements will be confirmed in the detailed planning and designs for the site. It is anticipated that most of these bays will be accommodated in the underground car park proposed with some limited at-grade ACROD and visitor parking bays.

Upon lodgement of a development application to the JDAP, Southern Cross Care will be required to lodge a traffic management plan, prepared by a suitably qualified independent consultant.

The City will prepare a Responsible Authority Report to the JDAP upon lodgement of a development application. With developments of this nature, Council also have the ability to 'call-in' an application for their consideration and recommendation. Three City of Swan councillors sit on the Joint Development Assessment Panel.

There are no road closures planned in order to facilitate this development.