Accommodation boost for Carlton's elderly residents
Elderly residential property dwellers in north Melbourne will benefit from a $180 million accommodation precinct earmarked for the area.
Announcing the new Carlton Wellbeing Precinct yesterday (August 13), state minister for housing Wendy Lovell said the project would provide high quality accommodation for older people in the region.
"Before the redevelopment started, a report commissioned by the Department of Human Services and Melbourne City Council identified community health and aged care services facilities as priorities for Carlton over the next ten years," Ms Lovell said.
"To respond to the needs of older residents, the Australian Unity Carlton Wellbeing Precinct will feature an aged care and wellbeing centre and two retirement living buildings, set around a central park."
To be completed by the end of next year, the facility will comprise 161 high and low-care beds, a seniors' gymnasium, a hydrotherapy pool, a community meeting room and a cafe.
The two retirement buildings, scheduled for opening in 2017, will include vital facilities and 181 independent-living units for older people.
Ms Lovell said the multimillion dollar project would create about 200 construction jobs as well as 150 positions in aged care, cleaning and hospitality services.