MASTER PLAN: Phase three and four of a six-stage project will bring 30 more beds and brand new facilities to Killarney.
MASTER PLAN: Phase three and four of a six-stage project will bring 30 more beds and brand new facilities to Killarney. Killarney Memorial Aged Care

Multi-million dollar project biggest Killarney's ever seen

A MILLION-DOLLAR expansion of Killarney's only aged care facility is about to begin, putting the small Southern Downs town on the map for elderly accommodation.

Construction work to complete phase three and four of the Killarney Memorial Aged Care expansion project will start next week, delivering 30 new beds, undercover parking and upgrades to the lounge, kitchen, dining and laundry faculties.

On completion, the facility will boast a permanent purpose-built GP clinic and allied health facilities.

KMAC Chairman Lyndall McCormack said the six-stage development plan was the biggest government-funded project Killarney had ever seen.

"The entire project is worth close to $10million and about half of that is provided by the Federal Government.”

A requirement for trade contractors like plumbers, painters and bricklayers will bring jobs to the region.

Mrs McCormack said the expansion was designed to meet a growing requirement for aged care accommodation, and hoped the first-class facility would attract people from outside the region as well.

"It is very interesting because sometimes we attract people from the Gold Coast, Warwick and from other towns who are looking for a smaller country environment to live in,” she said.

"It sometimes can be very attractive place to settle down.”

LOUNGING AROUND: KMAC residents Residents Inez Martin and Beryl Henricksen enjoying the last moments of peace and quiet before construction begins.
LOUNGING AROUND: KMAC residents Residents Inez Martin and Beryl Henricksen enjoying the last moments of peace and quiet before construction begins. Contributed

Currently at full capacity, the facility will provide accommodation for 56 residents by mid-2019 when phases three and four are complete.

Running at full capacity, Mrs McCormack said there was a long waiting list of people.

Mrs McCormack said a high level of care would be offered at the Killarney facility.

"We have a GP operating on our site so medical issues are very closely monitored and we also have other allied health who visit regularly.

Killarney Memorial Aged Care chairwoman Lyndall McCormack (second from right) hopes the expansion will attract new aged care residents to the region.
Killarney Memorial Aged Care chairwoman Lyndall McCormack (second from right) hopes the expansion will attract new aged care residents to the region. Ian Mace

"In addition we have a very high quality nursing staff who are experience in aged care operation.”

She said KMAC passed a government spot inspection last week.

"Our philosophy here is that we want to provide a home people and a high standard of care, cleanliness and friendliness,” Mrs McCormack said.

"Because we are a small facility we are just from a small town it is a great team atmosphere.”

Member for Maranoa David Littleproud will lay the first brick of the new building at a ground-breaking ceremony on Friday April 6 at 9.30am.



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