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Aged care and retirement development opportunities

A group of seniors enjoying the view from the Cape Peron lookout.

Rockingham Seniors Are Ready... Are You?

Seniors (defined as over 60s) are an important and growing demographic, making up over 16% (more than 21,000 people) of the population of the City of Rockingham, a strategic metropolitan centre located 40km south of Perth on the coast of WA. Over the next 20 years this number will nearly double to over 40,000 people, representing nearly 20% of the population, and providing opportunity for development of new facilities to meet the demand. 

Seniors are attracted to the City of Rockingham in large part due to our high quality coastal lifestyle, and a desire to 'age in place'. They enjoy a genuine community experience while having access to all the services and infrastructure of a modern city. These include the City of Rockingham’s Autumn Centre, numerous local, neighbourhood and district shopping centres, accessible recreation facilities and various health services, all in a beautiful and supportive atmosphere.

                                    Graphic depicting the forecast growth of the seniors demographic in Rockingham in future.

Growth suburbs

Across the entire City of Rockingham, the senior demographic is projected to increase in total by 12,672 people by 2031 (to 33,723, including over 1,000 new seniors each for Secret Harbour and Port Kennedy), and by 26,219 people total by 2046 (to 47,270, including over 1,000 new seniors for Waikiki and over 1,000 new seniors for the Rockingham suburb outside the City Centre).

Key locations for this growth are forecast in the following suburbs:

Baldivis

From rural beginnings this suburb has experienced substantial growth in residential development in the past decade and is now the most populous suburb in the City of Rockingham. Seniors in this suburb are forecast to increase by over 5,000 people by 2031 (to 8,483), and by over 10,000 people in total by 2046 (to 13,328).

Rockingham City Centre

The Rockingham Strategic Metropolitan Centre Activity Plan provides for this area to benefit from mainly transit-oriented development to lift the density, and provide for a variety of accommodation options.

Karnup

Currently largely undeveloped rural and bush area, this area is set to transform and grow as a residential centre in the coming years. Population demographics forecast that seniors will more than triple their current level by 2031 (to 782), and increase by more than 3,500 to 2046 (to 3,679).

Senior on a dolphin cruise

Age friendly city

The City of Rockingham has been a member of the World Health Organisation Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities since 2012, and is recognised for providing numerous facilities and services which support senior residents, including: seasonal and permanent accessible beach matting at a number of locations, accessible jetties, free of charge hire of beach walkers and wheelchairs, seniors newsletter, seniors safety program, seniors low income subsidy scheme and mobility scooter charging stations around the City.

The City also operates a membership-based community centre in the city centre specifically for seniors, offering an active and social environment for people over 60 to pursue personal interests and create support networks. Called the Autumn Centre, a wide range of services and activities are on offer including arts, crafts, courses, dance and fitness, games and groups, a cafe and dining room, hairdresser, library service, podiatry service and technology support.

A group of seniors having a picnic

Current facilities

A list of the current aged care and retirement living facilities across the City of Rockingham are below.

Aged Care:

  • Bert England Lodge, Cooloongup
  • MercyCare Rockingham, Cooloongup
  • Bethanie Waters Aged Care, Port Kennedy
  • Gracehaven Residential Care, Rockingham
  • Hall & Prior Rockingham Aged Care Home, Rockingham
  • Aegis Shoalwater, Shoalwater
  • Singleton Community Aged Care (under construction), Singleton
  • Brightwater The Oaks, Waikiki

Retirement Villages:

  • Affinity Village, Baldivis
  • Tuart Lakes Lifestyle Village, Baldivis
  • Vibe Baldivis Lifestyle Village, Baldivis
  • Bethanie Waters, Port Kennedy
  • Challenger Court, Rockingham
  • Rockingham Lifestyle Village, Rockingham
  • Springfields Village, Rockingham
  • Royal Palm Retirement Village, Warnbro

To discuss aged care and retirement living development opportunities in Rockingham, please contact the City's Economic Development and Tourism team on 08 9528 0333 or economicdevelopment@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

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