Billabidgee Aged Care Units Urana
Constructed in the 1970s, the eight one-bedroom units are low rental self care accommodation, managed and maintained by council. The units are almost fully tenanted.
Mr Butler said council is keen to upgrade the units to cater for a wider market such as aged couples.
“Currently all units are one bedroom and are not disabled-compliant,” he said.
“Discussions with aged care and other housing providers revealed the providers are not as interested in engaging into leases with council for management, unless it is council freehold.
“Irrespective of if the council outsources the management of the units, for any upgrades, and additions to this site, it is considered more beneficial if council owns the land.”
Council will be required to provide compensation for the Crown Land at the value determined by the Valuer General and other transfer costs, estimated to be $25,000.
Federation Council has empowered its General Manager Adrian Butler to take action to compulsorily acquire a 2ha parcel of Crown Land in Urana containing the Billabidgee Aged Care Units and classify the land as operational.