Nambour aged care village plans multi-million dollar upgrade
GRAND plans for a multi-million dollar upgrade at Nambour retirement living and aged care village Sundale have been revealed to the Sunshine Coast Daily by CEO Glenn Bunney.
In a bold plan to double the residential capacity of the complex, Sunshine Coast Council approval would see the site's 300 residents become 600.
Sundale has been working toward improving the ageing site on Doolan St since amendments to the council's town planning scheme in 2014.
An artist's impression shows four-storey apartments, a doctor's surgery, childcare facility and improved catering facilities at the site, while also increasing green space on the property.
Mr Bunney said it was a project eighteen months in the making and was hopeful for a positive result from the council.
"At the moment we've got provision for 300 residents living on the site but that will just about double if we're approved," he said.
"We plan on expanding our rehabilitation services, upgrading the clubhouse facilities and plan to have a GP clinic on-site, not just for residents, but for people in the community."
Mr Bunney said Sundale had been working closely with the council during the planning process.
"Council has been great," he said.
"We've put in the development application but we can't be too confident yet.
"We are only at the 'request for information' stage at the moment so there's some way to go.
"We've got a proposal we believe is consistent with the planning scheme and it should be enough to get through."
The plans were revealed when Sunshine Coast Council highlighted increases in quarterly development values across the region.
The council said it recorded almost $400 million in estimated construction values for building applications in the July to September quarter, a $100 million increase on the last three months and a 17% increase on the same period last year.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the continuing growth was encouraging.
"With building approvals in excess of $1 billion for the third consecutive financial year, ongoing development on the Coast will attract investment opportunities and employment, ensuring a positive future for our region," he said.