Salvos get coun­cil nod

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - HEATHER BECK

THE Sal­va­tion Army has of­fi­cially en­listed on the cam­paign to build a much-needed aged care fa­cil­ity in Moss­man.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil has agreed to di­vide the lease on the John­ston Rd site, giv­ing the Sal­va­tion Army’s highly ex­pe­ri­enced aged care arm a 30-year lease over 10,000sq m.

The move will al­low the Sal­lies to de­velop a 42-bed high-care and de­men­tia wing while the Moss­man District Nurs­ing Home Inc (MDNHI) so­ci­ety fo­cuses on the low-care and res­i­den­tial ser­vices.

Com­ment­ing on the de­ci­sion, Mayor Val Schier said the Sal­va­tion Army had pro­vided aged care for more than 100 years and was well-placed to se­cure bed li­censes and ap­pro­pri­ate lev­els of fund­ing.

MDNHI chair­woman Marj Nor­ris said she was “ab­so­lutely de­lighted” while Divi­sion 10 coun­cil­lor Ju­lia Leu said the pro­ject was gain­ing mo­men­tum and jus­ti­fied coun­cil’s - and the com­mu­nity’s - faith in MDNHI.

“This is an ex­tremely pos­i­tive out­come - it’s what we’ve been hop­ing and wait­ing for,” Cr Leu said.

“MDNHI has been work­ing so hard to make this a re­al­ity and I can only con­grat­u­late them on reach­ing this point.”

The de­ci­sion is sub­ject to the Sal­va­tion Army re­ceiv­ing all nec­es­sary ap­provals and fund­ing, pro­vid­ing con­cept and busi­ness plans, show­ing that they have a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing with MDNHI, and start­ing con­struc­tion within five years, among other cri­te­ria.

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