Aged facility closer
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.