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Council supports application for new aged care facility

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Mount Alexander Shire Council approved a planning application for the development of a new residential aged care facility in Castlemaine at its Ordinary Council meeting this week.

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council approved a planning application for the development of a new residential aged care facility in Castlemaine at its Ordinary Council meeting this week.

The application proposes to develop the facility at 19-25 Maldon Road, McKenzie Hill, and will consist of a single-storey building with a 44 space carpark.

The facility proposes to provide for 93 beds for both low and high-level care for elderly persons, with accommodation rooms ranging in size and including space for a bed, a small sitting area and a separate en-suite bathroom. Some of the larger rooms have been designed as a suite with a separate sitting area providing residents greater space or the option for a couple to reside together.

The building will also include communal facilities such as multiple lounge rooms, dining areas, activity rooms, small meeting rooms, a theatre space, central foyer and large internal courtyard. There is also the provision of a 90kw solar system on the roof.

Mayor, Christine Henderson of Mount Alexander Shire said the application addresses the growing demand for appropriate aged care housing in the community.

“The data indicates that there is a growing ageing population in the shire, and Council needs to be prepared for that,” said Mayor Henderson.

“We need to provide for different housing types in our community, including smaller houses, shared housing and housing suitable for those unable to live independently.”

“This purpose-built facility will help Council in our aim to meet future demand for our ageing community within the area.”

Council approved the planning permit application subject to conditions, which include the preparation of a Bushfire Management Plan for the facility, endorsed by the Country Fire Authority (CFA).

Council will continue its work on a range of projects to ensure it meets the changing housing needs of residents across the Shire. This includes plans for residential growth in Harcourt, guidelines for infill development in Castlemaine, Chewton and Campbells Creek, and an investigation into housing options for people entering retirement age.



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