Council approves $38 million aged care mega facility
WORK is set to start this year on a $38 million aged-care facility, after the council approved the 150-bed building in Glenvale.
Ozcare, an offshoot of the St Vincent de Paul's Society, was approved to go ahead with the facility at 631-651 Greenwattle St last week.
Once completed, the centre will employ between 120 and 150 staff to look after residents.
Head of aged care Lanna Ramsay said Ozcare would work with the Toowoomba community to recruit staff and source materials.
"Ozcare's new 150-bed, aged-care facility in Toowoomba will provide additional care options for seniors (and) more jobs in the local community," she said.
"Ozcare will be working with other local businesses to supply goods and services to the facility including recruitment and training of new staff."
Brisbane-based contractor Wollam Constructions, which specialises in aged-care homes, will build the facility, starting from mid-2017.
Architect designs sent into the Toowoomba Regional Council for approval also showed land north of the proposed facility left open for "future independent living units", although no designs were put forward.
The facility is not the only retirement living infrastructure in the pipeline, with construction of a $15 million village in Darling Heights also set to start this year.
Ozcare employs 3000 staff and helps 15,000 clients across Queensland, with services in aged care, disability care and community support.
The retirement home is expected to be finished in 2019.