Aged fa­cil­ity closer

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way

BIGGEN­DEN may soon get its own aged care fa­cil­ity af­ter North Bur­nett coun­cil­lors en­dorsed a con­cept put for­ward by a lo­cal busi­ness­man.

Long-term care of the aged – “at home” in Biggen­den – is a vi­sion held by Ed­die Chan­dler, owner of the Biggen­den Post Of­fice.

At this week’s coun­cil meet­ing, Mr Chan­dler pre­sented a con­cept of a 24-bed nurs­ing home, with ac­com­pa­ny­ing re­tire­ment vil­lage, at the un­used Biggen­den Rail­way Sta­tion com­plex.

“We need to use the land in the Biggen­den area but use pri­vate en­ter­prise to de­velop it.”

But Mr Chan­dler’s vi­sion de­pends on North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil ob­tain­ing the un­used land from Queens­land Rail­ways.

“What we’re ba­si­cally ask­ing is that it be an ‘in con­cept’ plan (but) we need some­one to drive it with the rail­ways, and state and lo­cal govern­ment.”

Cr Paul Lobegeier said a bed li­cence and cap­i­tal grant were vi­tal. Mr Chan­dler’s con­cept also called for devel­op­ment of an ad­ja­cent block in the rail­way com­plex as a com­mu­nity hub that would in­clude the Men’s Shed.

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