Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Coming to A FORE Busy Time for Minister; Aged-Care Development Set to Tee-Off by End of Year

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Coming to A FORE Busy Time for Minister; Aged-Care Development Set to Tee-Off by End of Year

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Byline: Tim Howard tim.howard@dailyexaminer.com.au

A 144-bed residential aged care home for South Grafton could begin construction later this year and be operational by the end of 2019, says the company contracted to build and run the facility.

The CEO of Signaturecare, Graeme Croft, was in Grafton yesterday for a site visit by the Federal Aged Care Minister, Ken Wyatt.

Mr Croft said planning for the home next to the Grafton District Golf Club course was well advanced.

"We are just waiting for the State Government to agree to a compatibility report, which is with the minister now," Mr Croft said.

"Our planners are well advanced with drawing up the plans for the site."

Mr Croft said construction would be done with local companies.

The plans for the site, which was once two holes on the Grafton Golf Club course, have been controversial with the golf club originally planning to sub-divide the site as a residential development.

There had been opposition from neighbours to that sub-division, but there were no protests when the minister, company officers and golf club members met there yesterday.

Mr Wyatt said the Signaturecare development was important with the ageing of the Australian population, particularly in regional areas.

"It becomes the hub, not only for the people here in Grafton, but for those communities who border around Grafton, where there is no aged care facilities," he said.

The minister said the economic opportunities arising from these developments were equally important for the community.

"It create jobs, it creates opportunities for local providers to supply the materials and resources.

"The other thing I think is good is the local tradies get the benefit having the organisation approach it at different times when they need particular jobs being done. …

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