Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­

Nurs­ing home is pro­posed A BIGGEN­DEN man is gaug­ing pub­lic in­ter­est for his grand idea for the for­mer Biggen­den Rail­way Sta­tion land.

Ed­die Chan­dler said the land, part of Queens­land Rail’s as­sets sell-off, would be ideal for a nurs­ing home.

“At this stage it is just an idea and I am just seek­ing in­put from fel­low businesses and the pub­lic about such a de­vel­op­ment.

“There would be em­ploy­ment for more than 100 people and add more than $1 mil­lion to the Biggen­den econ­omy.”

He said the area in the mid­dle of the town was ideal for a 24-bed nurs­ing home, in­clud­ing a se­cure six-bed de­men­tia unit, two cou­ple’s rooms and 16 gen­eral ac­com­mo­da­tion units. Mr Chan­dler said he would be at­tempt­ing to gain fund­ing on a state and federal level to com­plete the as­so­ci­ated head­works for the project.

“This in­cludes bulk earth­works, drainage, power, wa­ter and road­work at an es­ti­mated cost of $3.5 mil­lion,” he said.

Mr Chan­dler will be putting the pro­posal to the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil’s meet­ing at Biggen­den on Au­gust 5.

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