Salvos get council nod
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.