Federal Member for Blaxland Jason Clare MP and Mayor of Bankstown Khal Asfour today inspected the site where a new retirement village and aged care facility will be built in Bankstown.
The new facility will house 41 apartments and 100 residential aged care beds to assist local elderly residents.
Bankstown City Aged Care Ltd (BCAC) has been working on the plans for the new facilities since 2007. The plans came to a halt when a threatened plant species was identified at the site.
Mr Clare successfully advocated for a solution to ensure the construction of the facility could go ahead and protect the plant species.
“This is a great win for Bankstown. This will help meet the growing needs of our ageing community,” Mr Clare said.
“Bankstown City Aged Care is a great local charity which has been providing aged care and dementia services to people in our local area for the past 40 years.”
Bankstown City Council Mayor, Councillor Khal Asfour, looks forward to construction commencing on this invaluable community asset.
“Our community values our ageing population and this new facility will ensure our senior residents receive the care and services they require into the future,” Mayor Asfour said.
Terry Madden, Chief Executive Officer of Bankstown City Aged Care Ltd thanked Mr Clare and Council for their support of the project.
“We have faced a number of difficulties trying to get this project off the ground. Thanks to the efforts of Mr Clare and Council we can now start work on the facility,” Mr Madden said.
“The new facility will be named Flinders Grove after explorer Matthew Flinders. With the green light from the Federal Government and help from Bankstown City Council, we hope to have the first stage of construction completed by July 2014 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Matthew Flinders.”
“$50 million will be spent on this project, providing many employment opportunities during the construction of the multi stage development,” Mr Madden added.
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