Construction underway at new aged care facility
THE first cement slab of Bargara's newest aged care facility has been laid on Wearing Rd.
Located beside Palm Lake Resort, the new Palm Lake care facility will be the first of its kind in Bargara providing low and high care, dementia care and respite care throughout its 160 beds.
Palm Lake Resort Group CEO Manuel Lang said the $25 million projection looked to be well on track for completion by the end of the year.
"We have finished pouring one of the five wings of the project," Mr Lang said.
"It's progressing well. It's on plan at this early stage."
Mr Lang said the wing construction would be done in a wave.
"Effectively what happens from here is the plumbers will work their way through all of the wings," Mr Lang said.
"Once they're finished with one wing, the concreters come and concrete that wing and then follow the plumbers.
"As soon as the concrete's down, the frame is already ordered and will be on site towards the end of this month for the first wing.
"We will work through in a phased way from there; there will be non-stop continual building until, what we're projecting to be November this year when we hope to have the building finished."
And while Mr Lang said they already had many people wanting to buy into the facility, they wouldn't be making a wait list until three months from the anticipated completion date.
"They can't buy into it just yet," he said.
"The main reason for that is we can have people on a loose wait list, but three months out we'll call for a proper wait list to be established.
"Those people will then be put into a bit of a priority queue."
Mr Lang said an information session held a few weeks ago showed a lot of interest.
"We had about 120 people turn up to that session," he said.
"We feel that there's very strong interest for the facility and we believe the rooms will fill quite quickly."
While no specific prices have been set yet, Mr Lang forecast the rooms would sell from around $250,000 to $550,000 with a daily service fee billed monthly after that.
"They're the rough numbers at the moment, there could be a lower entry point but we'll see how that process as we fill the facility," he said.
Mr Lang said due to the highly regulated nature of aged care, the opening of the facility would not be a staged rollout.
"We need to ensure that it's a safe environment for all our residents," Mr Lang said.
He said the new facility would also create new jobs in the region with 160 staff to be employed when Palm Lakes Care reaches its capacity.