Aged home high pri­or­ity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

CON­STRUC­TION of the new aged care cen­tre for Moss­man is ex­pected to be­gin af­ter the wet sea­son.

Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil ex­tended the de­vel­op­ment lease for the Sal­va­tion Army pro­ject at a spe­cial meet­ing in Moss­man be­fore Christ­mas.

Coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously voted to ex­tend the lease un­til De­cem­ber 31, 2020, to fur­ther se­cure the in­vest­ment by the char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion. It comes af­ter a stale­mate threat­ened to de­rail the pro­ject last year.

Dou­glas Shire Mayor Ju­lia Leu said the lease ex­ten­sion would fill the com­mu­nity with con­fi­dence about the pro­ject mov­ing for­ward.

She said the fa­cil­ity was a high pri­or­ity pro­ject 23 years in the mak­ing.

“Coun­cil is thrilled with the Sal­va­tion Army’s firm com­mit­ment and will con­tinue work­ing closely with the or­gan­i­sa­tion to turn this dream into a re­al­ity,” she said.

“We are talk­ing about an es­sen­tial com­mu­nity cen­tre that will boost well-be­ing and pro­vide a sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic wind­fall for Moss­man.”

The new 42-bed res­i­den­tial aged care cen­tre is ex­pected to cre­ate more than 40 con­struc­tion jobs and more than 25 full­time jobs once com­plete.

A de­vel­op­ment lease be­tween coun­cil and TSA was signed in Au­gust 2016 for a aged care fa­cil­ity on coun­cil land at John­ston Road, Moss­man.

Coun­cil in­vested sig­nif­i­cantly in the pro­ject in­clud­ing fund­ing a busi­ness case, se­cur­ing more than $500,000 fund­ing for en­abling in­fra­struc­ture and waiv­ing about $250,000 worth of in­fra­struc­ture fees.

This helped on-site up­grades in­clud­ing con­struc­tion of a new in­ter­sec­tion with turn­ing lane, a new road into the fa­cil­ity, foot­paths, drainage, wa­ter and sewer con­nec­tions and a new sub­sta­tion.

Coun­cil will also trans­fer own­er­ship of the land to the Sal­va­tion Army af­ter con­struc­tion.

“We have full con­fi­dence that 2019 will be the year the Dou­glas Shire com­mu­nity sees the start of this his­toric con­struc­tion,” Ms Leu said.

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