Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead joined the NSW Minister for Ageing The Hon John Ajaka to turn a grass sod to mark the start of stage one of the Pacific Cape project, a new aged care facility in Forster.
Mr Bromhead said the new development is an initiative of the Great Lakes Aged and Invalid Care Association (GLAICA) who have been working on the project for several years.
“The GLAICA Board purchased a 3 hectare block of vacant land on the corner of Kularoo Drive and Karloo Street, Forster in March 2012 and since then have been working through the approval process to arrive at this point,” Mr Bromhead said.
“The new $52 million Pacific Cape project will be a huge boost to the local building industry during the construction stage of the development.
“When finished, there will be more than 150 new jobs in aged care and nursing services, administration, cleaning and other important aspects of the facility.
“The impact on the economy of the Great Lakes and Manning areas that will result from this project during construction and running Pacific Cape will have a profound impact on local businesses and individuals.
“However the main and most important result of the project will be on the lives of those who become residents which is vital in the region with the highest proportion of people aged 65 and over in NSW.
“I commend GLAICA Chairman Bruce Parsons and his board for their foresight and drive to get the Pacific Cape project through its many approval stages to get to this exciting point.”
The Pacific Cape project includes:
- 50 self-care units;
- A multi-story 144 bed aged care facility;
- A clubhouse for recreation; and
- A croquet lawn and open space.
The aim of the development is to allow clients to move smoothly from one level of care to the next.