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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy position of the Hellenic Community Committee.

The Berbatis family has had a masterplan prepared for the 10.6 ha (26.2 acres) site in Dianella which has been owned by the Hellenic Community of Western Australia (HCWA) since the 1990s. The site has since 1992 comprised three lots occupied by the St Andrews Grammar School, Hellenic Community Aged Care and a vacant lot located at the corner of Alexander Drive and Hellenic Drive.

The site and its facilities are owned by the HCWA, and the Masterplan assumes that there will be no change for that arrangement in the future.

The aim is to create an integrated plan for the future that will allow facilities and activities on the sight to be expanded, improved and managed in a financially sustainable way.

The Masterplan has been developed since 2017 by a team of experienced educational and property development professionals together with element urban and town planning design group (Link November 2020: https://www.elementwa.com.au/).

The ongoing development of the Masterplan has been supported by the Trustees from 2018 to 2020. Earlier versions of the Masterplan have been reported to two sessions of community leaders held in 2019 and 2020 organised by the HCWA and submitted to the Committees of the HCWA. The full Masterplan report will soon be available.

Many schools and aged care facilities offer a range of primary and allied health, recreational and lifestyle opportunities not currently available at the Dianella site.

Up until now, all buildings for both the school and aged care are single storied. Given that registration standards for both specify the number of square metres per student or resident it follows that future growth in accommodation and supporting facilities should include multi-storied buildings where possible and appropriate.

It is envisaged that medical and allied health facilities, extended day care and recreation facilities including a swimming pool are examples of enhancements that can be delivered in the near future. The HCWA Dianella Masterplan Option 8b shows the Dianella site divided into six lots. The school and aged care comprise two of the six lots. The school through its lessee entity St Andrews Grammar Inc (SAG Inc) does not pay rent to the lessor the HCWA.

Both SAGS and Hellenic Aged Care will need to offer facilities and activities being commonly offered elsewhere.

Many schools and aged care facilities offer a range of primary and allied health, recreational and lifestyle opportunities many of which are shown in the Dianella Masterplan Option 8b at the Dianella site.

Up until now, all buildings for both the school and aged care are single storied. Given that registration standards for both specify the number of square metres per student or resident it follows that future growth in accommodation and supporting facilities should include multi-storied buildings where possible and appropriate

The Masterplan report shows how the community can choose new and better options for the future. It describes a range of activities and facilities that could be delivered over time whilst minimising the debt burden on the community. It is envisaged that medical and allied health facilities, extended day care and recreation facilities including a swimming pool are examples of enhancements that can be delivered in the near future.

It is proposed each of the remaining four lots (child care, swim centre, medical and allied health and allied aged care) will be developed for lessees who each has a long term lease with the Hellenic Community. The process and estimated costs of developing, the resulting revenues from the leased lots and estimated asset values are included in the report. They result in a good annual yield and much increased asset value for the HCWA.

The keys to unlocking the value of the Dianella land are discussed in the report.

The Masterplan shows how the Community can choose new and better options for the future of the HCWA in both financial and community aspects. The report describes a range of activities and facilities that could be delivered over time whilst minimising the debt burden on the community.

This is one of several professional reports commissioned by the Berbatis family for the better financial future of the Hellenic Community of WA.

These will be reported in coming issues of the HCWA eNews.

IMG 728AAA1Michael Megaw, registered lobbyist and educational consultant

Michael Megaw and Con Berbatis
We acknowledge the expertise of David Read and Renee Young of the Element Group and of Keith Somers Director of B and S Property Consultants
Oct 28 2020 HCWA Dianella Masterplan Option 8b