Banksia expansion will create 15 jobs

EXPANDING: Banksia Village nurses (left) Jeanette Jones and Ute Totterdell (right) look over plans for the expansion of the lodge with resident Patti Williams (centre). BROULEE’S Banksia Village will invest more than $9 million to increase its lodge size by an additional 30 rooms.

The project was given the green light earlier this year after Eurobodalla Shire Council passed its Broulee Biodiversity Certification Strategy.

Construction of the new building is expected to be under way next month and it is scheduled to open for admissions in early 2016.

Banksia Village CEO Graham Wise said the development was a critical element in the organisation’s strategic plan.

“The increase in capacity will allow Banksia to offer a greater breadth of services for residents,” he said.

“It will also achieve economy to scale in overhead costs, ensuring a strong and sustainable business model.”

He said the federal government had been vital in bringing the plans to fruition.

“The government has assisted us through the provision of a $2 million zero real interest loan facility,” Mr Wise said.

“They also granted us the additional 30 funded provisional aged care places.”

Mr Wise said an estimated 15 full-time equivalent jobs would be created at Banksia alone once the development was complete.

“This will increase capacity and services for the aged and contribute to the social and economic strength of our small community,” he said.

Banksia’s deputy CEO Jenny Symons said a lot of time and effort had gone into the design of the new rooms.

“The new building will be a contemporary design, incorporating the latest thinking in aged care management,” she said.

“The new building will include new dining, laundry and lounge areas.

“All rooms will include ensuite bathrooms and kitchenettes.”

Mrs Symons said a palliative care suite, complete with family spaces, would also be included.

The existing lodge will also receive a new entrance, car park and upgraded administration offices.

Mrs Symons said the local community would share in economic benefits from the development.

“The construction company from Canberra has indicated that they will use many local providers during the construction phase,” she said.

“This is a win, win situation.”

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