Aged care precinct a step closer

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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