An aerial view of the campus master plan.
An aerial view of the campus master plan. Contributed

What Coast's newest seniors development will have to offer

CONSTRUCTION on a major living development for seniors is officially underway at Caloundra West.

Caloundra MP Mark McArdle and councillor Peter Cox were on hand yesterday morning to turn the first sod of the Churches of Christ Campus Meridan.

The $28 million first stage of the development on Parklands Blvd is set to employ about 1000 contractors during construction and more than 100 staff members after its completion in late 2018, and will include a multi-purpose community centre, cafe, seniors care accommodation and home care and support services.

The residential aged care service will accommodate seniors in a series of themed cottage-style one- and two-storey buildings.

The community hub will be available for local community groups and Meridan Campus residents to enjoy as part of the integrated community lifestyle.

 

Councillor Peter Cox, Churches of Christ in Queensland chief mission development officer Gerry Weatherall, acting chief executive officer  David Swain, and Caloundra MP Mark McArdle.
Councillor Peter Cox, Churches of Christ in Queensland chief mission development officer Gerry Weatherall, acting chief executive officer David Swain, and Caloundra MP Mark McArdle. Contributed

The hub includes a cafe, hairdressing salon and auditorium.

Acting chief executive officer David Swain said the development's first stage was a huge investment to progress innovative seniors care for the region.

"The aged care service will provide the best in care to enable local seniors to age in place with no need to move from their community if their care needs change," Mr Swain said.

"The key focus remains on the local community, seniors and supporting them with innovative accommodation and care services.

"The services we deliver, and the campuses we operate from, are evolving to meet those needs."

Churches of Christ, a 133-year-old not-for-profit organisation, is developing further major expansions to its seniors care services in Stanthorpe and Warwick.

Plans are also underway for other large developments throughout Queensland and Victoria.

Mr Swain said the developments demonstrate a strong commitment to seniors and local communities.

"These are substantial investments, in terms of resources to plan and build, but also as longer term community investments with significant job creation, training and local suppliers," he said.

"We also provide for those living in their own homes, with the enhanced delivery of home and community care a consideration of any of our development projects."


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