Douglas Shire Council has approved amended plans for the proposed Mossman Nursing Home.
The Mossman Aged Care complex is being built on Johnston Rd by The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus which has responded to detailed requests raised by Council and the Mossman District Nursing Home Committee, to provide a facility and gardens designed to meet the needs of aged residents in the tropics.
The amended plans detailing the size of the rooms and design of the complex have now been approved by Council as meeting the Design Guidelines set out a legal agreement between Council and The Salvation Army regarding the provision of the land at no charge.
Mayor Julia Leu said this decision will finally see the go-ahead of this much-needed community facility.
“Congratulations to the Mossman District Nursing Home committee whose volunteers have tirelessly lobbied and fundraised for more than 22 years to achieve this outcome,” Mayor Leu said.
“I also appreciate CEO Linda Cardew and Council Officers for their commitment and support of this project.
“Council has invested significantly in this project, allocating funding in the first budget of the newly formed Council to support the development of a business case, providing additional Council funding and resources, applying for and securing over $500,000 funding under the State Government’s Building our Regions grant round for the enabling infrastructure and waiving the infrastructure fees of approximately $250,000. Council will transfer the Council-owned land to The Salvation Army when the building is complete.
“Council is pleased The Salvation Army is progressing the project and we are confident they will build a facility the community can be proud of.”
“I commend The Salvation Army for responding positively to the requests for information and putting community ideas into place.”
Deputy Mayor Abigail Noli added that the detail outlined in the latest plans submitted by The Salvation Army showed the nursing home development would create a welcoming space for residents.
“Thought has been put into the outdoor area and the conceptual plans have captured the ‘home in a garden’ idea, connecting inside and outside for residents,” Cr Noli said.
The construction of the enabling infrastructure is now complete and construction of the main facility is expected to be completed next year.
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