Noosa Council aware of aged care demand

NOOSA Councillors say they are addressing the "aged care crisis" facing the region, highlighting the number of approved facilities awaiting development or being built.

Acting Mayor Frank Wilkie said there were four aged-care facilities with almost 1000 new units and beds either approved or under way in Noosa.

He said two facilities had approval from Noosa Council years ago, however the companies delayed development.

"One of those (aged-care facilities) received develop- ment approval from council 10 years ago, but is yet to be built," Cr Wilkie said.

"Another, was given approval three years ago, but is yet to start.

"I'd imagine aged-care providers are exercising their right to activate their development approvals in response to demand."

Cr Wilkie said council was assessing the need for future aged-care development, but admitted there could be a supply shortage in Noosa within 10 years.

"We'll be reviewing the availability of community services land for future aged-care needs as part of the New Planning Scheme review which is currently under way," Cr Wilkie said.

"Council's housing needs analysis report finds an apparent surplus of aged-care places in the wider Sunshine Coast Aged Care region by 2021 but a possible shortage in Noosa Shire by 2026."

Noosa Council planning and environment manager Kerri Coyle said council was aware of the demand for aged care in the community.

"This is one of the many issues for council to consider in developing the new planning scheme," Ms Coyle said. "There is an application before council for an aged-care facility on the corner of Walter Hay Dr and Eenie Creek Rd. It will be considered at a future council meeting."

Approved facilities:

 

The Domain, Noosaville, partially completed 165-unit facility.

 

Palm Lake Care, Cooroy, partially completed 120-unit facility.

 

Blue Care, Sunrise Beach, yet to be developed 118-bed facility.

 

Sundale, Tewantin, yet to be developed 180-unit retirement village and 60-bed aged-care facility.


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