Units green light
By FRAZER PEARCE ? WORK on an $11.5 million aged care project in North Rockhampton could start in three months.
Community Life's managing director Theo Baker yesterday said construction of the 116 units near the Northside Plaza would take 10 to 12 months to complete.
Rockhampton City Council only approved the develop- ment this week and Mr Baker said his company was already talking to a builder on detailed costings and "fine tuning''.
"We are ready to roll,'' he said.
"But it will be months before we actually start work at the site.''
He said funding was allocated and Community Life was committed to the project.
"We are not a developer that gets a development ap- proved and then flogs it off,'' he said.
"We are going to develop, operate and manage it.''
He said the project was on land within 100 metres of a major shopping centre which included a doctors' surgery and a pharmacy.
"If there was an ideal site for such a development, it is this one in Rockhampton,'' he said.
The project has already generated strong interest and not just from Central Queenslanders, he said.
"We are getting a lot of inquiries from within Rockhampton and also from places like Sydney and Melbourne,'' he said.
"We have people that are growing old and want to get out of the rat-race.