More than $1 million worth of enabling infrastructure for the long-awaited Mossman nursing home has been completed in preparation for construction of the facility to begin.
The completed enabling infrastructure on the Johnston Rd site includes a new road and intersection upgrade with turning lanes, street lighting and underground works which significantly improve the drainage of Johnston Rd and Mossman hospital.
Mayor Julia Leu said it was extremely satisfying to see the enabling infrastructure completed and ready for construction of the long-awaited nursing home to begin..
“Our community has waited more than 20 years for this essential community facility which will also provide substantial employment opportunities in the construction and operation of the nursing home,” Mayor Leu said.
The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus CEO Sharon Callister said discussions with the preferred contractor on the detailed nursing home design were being finalised, with construction anticipated to begin in the coming months and scheduled to be completed by late 2018.
“Aged Care Plus is working hard to progress the development into the building phase, as the sooner this commences, the sooner we can provide industry-leading aged care services to the local community,” Ms Callister said.
“As leaders in mental health, dementia care and palliative care, local residents will be able to stay connected to their families and community in a loving home environment.
“Aged Care Plus is also working with the local community to identify a suitable name for the Centre which celebrates the Douglas Shire community.”
The 42-bed residential aged care centre will provide spiritual, physical and emotional care for local residents and includes dedicated places to meet the needs of local indigenous people.
Mayor Leu said several other major capital works projects have either been completed or are nearing completion on time and on budget in preparation for the new capital works program which will be announced next week.
“The new pump track at the Port Douglas Sports Complex was recently completed and is proving extremely popular with kids and adults of all abilities,” Mayor Leu said.
“If the number of people using it and the feedback received in the first few weeks is anything to go by, the pump track is already proving to be a hugely worthwhile investment for our communities.
“I’m also very pleased to see the latest stage of the Daintree Gateway is almost finished, with concreting of the car park completed, solar lighting installed and only landscaping required to finalise the $350,000 capital works project.”
Mayor Leu said with the announcement this week that the Queensland Government had allocated a further $1.94 million to Douglas Shire Council under the Works 4 Queensland program for the 2017-19 financial years and with Council’s new capital works program to be announced next week, there were a number of exciting projects in the pipeline.
The Queensland Government contributed $544,000 towards the enabling infrastructure for the Mossman nursing home under the Building Our Regions program and $100,000 under the Get Playing Places and Spaces program.