Aged care boost
By NATALIE SMITH
BLUE Care may be waiting for staff, but that has not deterred other Capricorn Coast private aged-care providers from putting plans forward.
Last week Blue Care's new regional director, Brad Sadler, said the opening of a $7.5 million 60-bed agedcare facility in Magpie Avenue, Yeppoon, had again been postponed because of staffing shortages.
Despite this, plans to expand Capricorn Coast Adventist Village in Yeppoon and to build a new agedcare facility at Zilzie have been submitted to Livingstone Shire Council.
RSL Care and Queensland Country Women's Association are plan- ning to build a $50 million aged-care and retirement village along Svendsen Road, Zilzie. RSL Care business development executive manager Darren Timms said if approved, construction would start as soon as possible.
"It's still a $50 million development with 120 aged-care beds and 150 independent retirement units,'' he said.
Capricorn Adventist Retirement Village has also submitted extension plans to Livingstone Shire Council.
The application is to construct eight more accommodation units, an 18-bed hostel, a general purpose building and a place of worship on land at the village on Old Rockhampton Road.