Site ready for the next stage of nurs­ing home

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MORE than $1 mil­lion of en­abling in­fra­struc­ture for the long-awaited Moss­man nurs­ing home has been com­pleted in prepa­ra­tion for con­struc­tion of the fa­cil­ity.

The com­pleted work on the John­ston Rd site in­cludes a new road and in­ter­sec­tion up­grade with turn­ing lanes, street light­ing and un­der­ground works which sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the drainage of John­ston Rd and Moss­man hos­pi­tal.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said it was sat­is­fy­ing to see the in­fra­struc­ture com­pleted and ready for con­struc­tion of the long-awaited nurs­ing home to be­gin.

“Our com­mu­nity has waited more than 20 years for this es­sen­tial fa­cil­ity which will also pro­vide sub­stan­tial em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of the nurs­ing home,” Mayor Leu said.

The Sal­va­tion Army Aged Care Plus CEO Sharon Cal­lis­ter said talks with the con­trac­tor on the de­sign were be­ing fi­nalised.

“Aged Care Plus is work­ing hard to progress the devel­op­ment into the build­ing phase, as the sooner this com­mences, the sooner we can pro­vide in­dus­try-lead­ing aged care ser­vices to the com­mu­nity,” Ms Cal­lis­ter said.

“Lo­cal res­i­dents will be able to stay con­nected to their fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity in a lov­ing home en­vi­ron­ment.

“Aged Care Plus is also work­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity to iden­tify a suit­able name for the Cen­tre which cel­e­brates the Dou­glas com­mu­nity.”

The 42-bed aged care cen­tre will pro­vide spir­i­tual, phys­i­cal and emo­tional care for res­i­dents and in­cludes ded­i­cated places to meet the needs of lo­cal indige­nous peo­ple.

Work is sched­uled to start in the com­ing months and is ex­pected to be com­pleted late 2018. Shire

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