Almost 20 years on from its original development approval North Bundaberg aged care complex Fairways has lodged plans to refurbish and expand.
The minor change application was submitted to Bundaberg Regional Council this week and proposes an additional 16 rooms and upgrades to facilities including day respite and a gym.
Planning and development portfolio spokesperson Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the proposal would see an upgrade to existing rooms and plans for additional rooms.
“Bolton Clarke Fairways is looking to revitalise its existing facilities which has offered aged care in the region for well over a decade,” Cr Sommerfeld said.
“Plans include internal refurbishment to existing facilities and retrofitting some of those existing buildings to provide space for more rooms.
“A minor expansion of the ground floor area would also see extra rooms added.
“Overall an additional 16 bedrooms with ensuites are proposed.”
Cr Sommerfeld said the proposal would also see other parts of the facility modernised.
“Changes to the administration area include allowing for day respite and a gym in place of the existing dining area.
“Upgrades are also proposed for the community lounge, entry and a self-serve kiosk in place of the cafe.
“Internal refurbishment would also be undertaken on the Oasis Glen terrace, dining and lounge areas.”
Fairways expansion would meet ‘strong demand'
Bolton Clarke General Manager Property Development James Mantis said the company was excited about the plans to expand.
“There is a strong demand for residential aged care services across Bundaberg and in the North Bundaberg area,” Mr Mantis said.
“We are excited to be investing in this significant upgrade to expand our services for the local community with upgraded communal areas, 16 new residential aged care beds and new respite facilities including a day respite area and respite beds to provide much-needed support for carers across the region.
“The project is expected to be completed in 2020.”