The Anglicare residential aged care facility next to St Luke’s Anglican School is set to nearly double in size after its development application was approved.
The Material Change of Use application seeks to add space for an additional 35 residents.
Bundaberg Regional Council planning and development portfolio spokesman Cr Ross Sommerfeld said it would be a major extension for the facility which had been established in the Kalkie area since the 1990s.
“This residential aged care facility already caters to 55 residents providing 24-hour nursing care,” Cr Sommerfeld said.
“This development approval will allow Anglicare to expand its facilities and make this service available to even more people within our community.
“The interest we have seen around developing these types of facilities within recent months clearly demonstrates the need for additional services.
“A major lifestyle village and aged care facility that will create 253 new homes was also recently approved in Avoca.”
He said the expansion would be constructed over six stages.
“The applicant has also detailed plans for an additional 21 carparks, with setbacks and landscaping to reduce any potential impact on surrounding properties.”
Anglicare residential aged care facility
The current facility comprises of an administration building, four separate residential care buildings, a chapel and a workshop.
Residents occupy a single room with ensuite and all resident buildings have their own lounge/sitting area, dining room, kitchen and outdoor open space areas.
The overall facility provides 24-hour nursing and care services, respite support, allied health services, and outdoor activity areas with qualified staff. The facility is a fully accredited residential aged care service.