New facility plan adds to list of Coast care options
A 96-ROOM residential care facility is the most recent addition to a long list of retirement and aged care accommodation providers setting up on the Sunshine Coast.
The Churches of Christ submitted a development application to Sunshine Coast Council this week to build an 8642sq m facility at Parklands Boulevard, Little Mountain.
It came as the council acknowledged the Coast's rapidly expanding ageing population as a key trend for development applicants.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the council's significant developments map gave a clear insight into the larger developments that had either been approved or lodged through the council's system between September 2015 and September 2016.
"At a glance, we can clearly see a significant increase in the number of both lodged and approved aged care, residential care and retirement type applications," Cr Jamieson said.
"There is no doubt that the world's population is changing.
"People are living longer and our region continues to be an attractive location to retire as represented through our ageing population."
He said there been a significant increase in approved applications for aged care, residential care and retirement facilities during 2015-16 compared to the previous 12 months.
In the 2015/2016 financial year, the council approved 721 integrated living units, 259 low care units and 199 high care units.
According to the council's ongoing audit, there are 5008 integrated living units, 1365 low care units and 1387 high care units on the Sunshine Coast.
Meanwhile, the Churches of Christ application features a hair salon, landscaped gardens, a pool and cafe.
It involves the construction of one and two storey buildings within the northern portion of the 83,780sq m block.
"Churches of Christ in Queensland aim to provide safe, attractive and accessible accommodation that is responsive to the needs of the communities in which it operates," the application read.
"Churches of Christ in Queensland promote an independent lifestyle where residents can age-in-place with total freedom, independence, privacy, dignity and security, without the worry of garden and house maintenance."