Aged care precinct a step closer
MOSSMAN is a major step closer to receiving residential aged care with Douglas Shire Council giving preliminary approval to Stage One of the $12.6 million Johnston Road facility.
Mayor Julia Leu said the development approval for the aged care precinct was the culmination of 20 years of hard work by the Mossman District Nursing Home Committee, the council and the Salvation Army Aged Care Plus, which will operate the 42-bed facility.
“The path is now clear for the Salvation Army Aged Care Plus to build this vital community asset, which is expected to deliver an estimated 41 construction jobs annually over two years, with an estimated 27 full-time employees once it is operational,” she said.
The facility will include two wings, each with its own terrace, living area, dining room, kitchen and staff area.
Stage Two has been earmarked as a retirement facility featuring an activities building, community wellness centre, 60 private suites and an independent living precinct.
Mossman District Nursing Home Committee members Marj Norris, Shirley Vico and Joan Gray were last month announced as Douglas Shire’s 2016 Citizens of the Year for their dedication to securing aged care services in Mossman since 1996.