Construction started on $160 million aged care project

WESTMEADOWS, MELBOURNE – Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Carers, Mary-Anne Thomas MP and Federal Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou MP today marked the start of construction on aged care and community services provider, Baptcare’s new 90 bed Residential Aged Care Facility in Westmeadows.

Ms Thomas praised the concept and design of the project.

“The development overall ensures people have access to housing that allows them to age well, while remaining connected to the community and keeping active,” Ms Thomas said.

Ms Vamvakinou welcomed the development in her electorate.

“This residential aged care facility will give vulnerable members of my electorate a sense of independence, give their families peace of mind all the while building a stronger, healthier and active community in Calwell. It will provide Westmeadows with a quality and multipurpose aged care system,” Ms Vamvakinou said.

Baptcare Acting Chief Executive, Brent Dankesreither said the development of the aged care facility reaffirms Baptcare’s commitment to seniors in the area.

“This development will rejuvenate and revitalize the Westmeadows community, addressing the unmet need for aged care beds, delivering benefits to residents, families and staff and reinforcing Baptcare’s position as a leader in aged care,” Mr Dankesreither said.

Baptcare has appointed Devco Project and Construction Management as the builders, with works to commence shortly.

Mark Saric, Devco Project and Construction Manager said they are looking forward to delivering another quality aged care facility for Baptcare, in line with recent completed projects for Baptcare like the new Wyndham Lodge which was officially opened in June this year.

The $160 million broader development of the Westmeadows site is a partnership between the State Government of Victoria, residential developers Frasers and Baptcare. The project will deliver:

  • a new 90 bed residential aged care facility;
  • 110 new social housing homes;
  • 34 independent living units for older residents co-located with the aged facility;
  • more than 200 new private homes for sale; and
  • new landscaped parks, bike and pedestrian paths, and improved community facilities.

The project is expected to be completed by late 2017.


About Baptcare

Baptcare is a leading, faith-based not-for-profit organisation working across Victoria and Tasmania, providing residential and community care for older people, support to children, families, and people with disability, financially disadvantaged people and people seeking asylum.

For further information:

Contact: Amanda Boshier, Baptcare Communications Advisor

Phone: 0412 224 729