A multi-million dollar independent living development has been announced by Finley Regional Care.
The aged care facility is expanding its services with the Alumuna Independent Living Units development proposed for the eight-hectare block of land behind Finley hospital in Scoullar St.
FRC chief executive officer Ben Levesque says the land can accommodate up to 50 units and a serviced apartment block, which he described as ‘‘up market independent living units’’.
Mr Levesque said the civil construction contract for the Alumuna development has been awarded to Crawfords in Tocumwal and the building contract to Kennedy Builders in Mulwala.
Mr Levesque said the development will create employment and provide a significant boost to businesses in Finley.
Residents will be able to purchase two or three bedroom units on a loan lease arrangement with a monthly maintenance fee that covers rates, sewerage, electricity and maintenance, he added.
‘‘The complex will also include a stand-alone powered ‘mini grid’ with battery and generator back-up, ensuring electricity fees are kept to a minimal level for residents. The plan is to build six units in stage one and to have them occupied in the first half of next year.’’
Mr Levesque said the target market for Alumuna will be people aged 55 and over and that the units will be ‘‘mobility friendly’’.
‘‘There will also be space allocated for the establishment of up to 20 one bedroom serviced apartments in future stages.
‘‘Alumuna will encourage residents to maintain their everyday lives. The idea of Alumuna is ‘free to roam’ — you can drive up to Queensland in the caravan for a couple of weeks and still have the peace of mind that your unit will be cared for and maintained.
‘‘Alumuna is close to the golf and bowling clubs, the RS Club and is a short walk to the town centre. These units will create their own little community within its confines and will be great for those who might be socially isolated.’’
Mr Levesque said this was an important development for Finley and the local community.
He said ‘‘collected data’’ has shown that up to 40 per cent of this facility will be taken up by people from outside the Finley community which will be ‘‘an enhancement for our area’’.
‘‘Also according to data, by 2026 there will be a housing shortage in New South Wales. By 2020, forty per cent of residents in the Riverina will be over the age of 75.
‘‘Due to the expected housing shortage this project will facilitate a population growth for Finley.’’
This is the second major Independent Living Units development to be announced in the past month in the Southern Riverina, with plans for units to be developed in Jerilderie.
For more details on the development contact Ben Levesque at Finley Regional Care 58839600.