Campaspe Shire Council has approved a new aged care facility for Echuca, with some conditions.MONQIE PRESTON November 23, 2012 4:20am
A new 120-bed aged care facility for Echuca has been given the go-ahead.
Campaspe Shire councillors approved a plan for the facility at Tuesday night’s first council meeting, subject to several conditions.
Campaspe Community Aged Care, to be built on the north-east corner of the Northern Hwy and Fehring Lane, will include 30 low-care beds, 60 high-care beds and 30 dementia beds in one building.
As well as bedrooms, the 7306m2 facility will have communal and service areas, including kitchen, laundry, staff room, dining and lounge areas for each of the three wings, a library, internet space, craft room, meeting rooms, offices, medical stations and a reception.
Several gazebos and verandahs are proposed outside the building, along with a children’s playground near the front entrance.
Echuca resident and former Campaspe Shire councillor Kevin Simpson addressed Tuesday’s meeting, speaking about concerns he had with footpath access for residents.
Council’s conditions require a footpath linking the facility with a Northern Hwy service road be built.
However, Mr Simpson believes the footpath should be extended from the facility to Rose St, where it will then connect to existing footpaths.
‘‘Such a facility needs to be well connected to the community,’’ Mr Simpson said.
‘‘A lot of these people might want to take a walk.
‘‘A lot of them will have gophers.’’
Mr Simpson said the extra section of footpath would cost about $100,000 more, but would be a good decision.
‘‘It was a poor decision (by council) when Cunningham Downs (aged care facility) was allowed to be built without pedestrian access,’’ Mr Simpson said.
‘‘I ask councillors to provide residents which is so important.’’
Despite Mr Simpson’s submission, councillors decided to go ahead with a recommendation put to them by council officers to only require the footpath as far as the Northern Hwy service road.
In a report to council, councillor officers said as 90 of the 120 beds were devoted to high care and dementia, many residents would have limited mobility and would generally not walk to local services.
The facility will also operate a private bus service for residents to access Echuca’s town centre, while a bus stop, with bus shelter, will also be built for residents to access the town bus service.
Council’s conditions also required building work on the facility starts in the next two years, with work to be completed within four years.
When completed, the facility is expected to employ 120 to 140 staff, with a maximum of 35 staff on site at any one time.
A former priest and teacher at St Colman's in Shepparton has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old student in 1970.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Echuca Lion Ken Walter has been presented with the International President’s Medal.
Rochester Tigers take on Rochester United today in the Goulburn Murray Cricket Twenty20 match.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
Two primary school students have been among just 25 in Victoria to be awarded the Prime Ministers NAIDOC Medal.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
Pre-schools in Heathcote and Colbinabbin will benefit from grants announced last week.
Moira Shire Council says 36 cents of every dollar spent on staff costs is 'not an unusual number'.
Works on Edward River Beach to Beach Walk to be completed.
Further redundancies at Victoria’s largest rural water corporation, Goulburn-Murray Water, are possible, with more efficiency reviews being carried out.
Rotary's inaugural Community Policing Award goes to Detective Leading Senior Constable Jenny Parker for her work above and beyond her duties working with victims of sexual abuse.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.