More Aged Care Beds and Jobs for Berry – In NSW South Coast
The Minister for Ageing, Mrs Justine Elliot has visited the construction site for Bupa Care Services’ $18.8 million aged care facility in Berry on the NSW South Coast.
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8 May 2009
The Minister for Ageing, Mrs Justine Elliot today officially visited the construction site for Bupa Care Services’ $18.8 million aged care facility in Berry on the NSW South Coast.
Upon completion, it will be a 106-bed facility, comprising 76 high care places, 15 low care dementia secure places and 15 high care dementia-secure places.
The Berry aged facility is also expected to employ 100 full time positions in aged care and associated jobs when completed in August 2010.
It is the second Bupa construction site that Mrs Elliot has visited in two weeks. On April 30, she visited the construction site of a new $8.6 million dementia-wing at Bupa Care Services’ Banora Point aged care facility on the NSW far North Coast.
Mrs Elliot visited the site to congratulate BUPA Care staff and the construction workers at the Victoria Street facility in Berry.
The facility is being constructed by Commercial Building Group and is expected to create 60 construction jobs.
The development site forms part of a retirement village, The Arbour, comprising 110 independent living units on an 18-hectare site.
“This is an exciting project. It will provide more local jobs and additional aged care beds,” Mrs Elliot said.
“Australians now have the longest life expectancy in the English-speaking world. This is about preparing for our nation’s ageing population.
“We want to ensure that we have the aged care places ready when people want to leave their homes and enter aged care.
“It is reassuring to see organisations like Bupa continuing to invest and support construction in aged care during the current global financial recession,” Mrs Elliot said.
Bupa is an international health and care organisation which began in London in 1947.
Bupa’s aged care arm, Bupa Care Services entered the Australian market in December 2007. It also operates aged care homes in the United Kingdom, Spain and New Zealand.
Bupa Care Services is the second largest for-profit aged care provider in Australia with 47 facilities across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT.
It has a total of 3,942 places; of those 3,059 are high care and 883 are low care places.
For more information, contact Mrs Elliot's office on 02 6277 7280
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