Youth co-ordinator Bernadette Walters and Richard Sutton at the Star of the Sea Convent.
Youth co-ordinator Bernadette Walters and Richard Sutton at the Star of the Sea Convent.

Convent may be aged units

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

"IT breaks my heart to see the convent just standing there when there is a great need for aged accommodation in Gladstone,'' laments Fr Seamus McMahon.

The Star of the Sea Catholic parish priest said lack of finance had hindered plans to develop the property into an independent aged care facility.

Fr Seamus said it was envisaged the convent would be the "hub'' of a village for the aged and would contain an administrations centre with meeting and games rooms for residents who would be housed in custom-made accommodation.

The convent was built in the early 1950s after the wooden convent, constructed in 1902, was blown down in the 1949 cyclone.

Fr Seamus said the structure may not be suitable for conversion into a modern building.

This would mean it would have to be removed and replaced with new buildings.

He said the property was ideally located, close to shops, recreational facilities and services.

He said a number of years ago some parishioners had attempted to find groups who were interested in setting up the facility, but without success.

He said he would be happy if other like-minded groups, including churches of other denominations, co-operated in the project.



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