Council helps with land
THE Gladstone Retirement Village Committee has come out strongly in favour of the council offers of land for the development of much-needed aged accommodation in the region.
Chairman of the Gladstone Retirement Village Committee, Garry Ross, said the Gladstone Regional Council had stepped up to help stimulate development of aged facilities, particularly for self-funded retirees, which were lacking in the region.
He said there was a whole generation of self-funded retirees who had moved to Gladstone during the first of the building booms in the 1960s and ’70s and they wished to stay in the region.
“The council needed to put something on the table to make it (aged accommodation development) attractive – and they have done that,” Mr Ross said.
“We have had introductory discussions with some of the not-for-profit organisations such as RSL Care and Tri-Care and the church organisations and now we need council to put together an EOI (expression of interest) package to give us an idea.”
Council director of community services Cale Dendle said the council had to ensure the community had security over the council-controlled land and would be looking for interest from the not-for-profit organisations rather than commercial developers.
“Land acquisition was always the problem in developing these sorts of accommodation facilities.
“But if council can offer incentives in terms of land and development concessions to these not-for-profit organisations, then proposals are more likely to be forthcoming.”
The council said the Gladstone Retirement Village Committee, an umbrella organisation that included the Association of Independent Retirees among others, would be invited to participate in the assessment proposals.
The GRVC and the council both agreed the showgrounds was not a viable alternative with suitable council-controlled land available at several sites including Tannum Sands Road, Coronation Drive in the Tannum Sands precinct; Philip Street and Park Street/Palm Drive in Gladstone; and the Calliope RSL Hall site in Calliope.