WAPC approves State’s first hospice for children

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The Western Australian Planning Commission has approved a Children’s Hospice in Swanbourne through the Part 17 significant development pathway.
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Artist impression of Children Hospice

The centre will be the first purpose-built paediatric hospice in WA and provide care to children with life-limiting conditions who need around-the-clock clinical support or end-of-life and bereavement care, and offer respite accommodation to families from across WA.  

As well as seven single bedrooms with ensuite, a two-bedroom family suite connected to a guest bedroom, two two-bedroom family suites and a bereavement suite, the hospice’s facilities will include a hydrotherapy pool, fenced playground and garden spaces with a memorial garden. 

The significant development unit within the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage spent 18 months working with the applicant's consultants to resolve land use issues and address potential bushfire risks before recommending the WAPC approve the proposal. 

The plans were supported by the State Design Review Panel which commended the development's high level of design quality, prioritisation of connections between indoor and outdoor spaces and outlook to the broader site and views, and commitment to Aboriginal cultural engagement. 

The WAPC has approved 27 applications through the Part 17 pathway since it opened in July 2020, with a total value of more than $3.51 billion. 

In total, these developments are expected to support more than 18,000 jobs. 

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