Aged home high priority
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.