Master Plan and Survey
We will soon start building homes for up to 36 people in an innovative approach to residential aged care. This is the first in a $14million four-stage plan to adopt the European model of multi-generational accommodation and community interaction on the existing site in Isaacs Avenue.
Work on stage 1 will commence in June 2017. It comprises a double-storey building offering 16 residential aged-care rooms upstairs and 10 assisted living units for individuals or couples downstairs. The units feature kitchens, lounge rooms and courtyard gardens, and the complex also offers shared communal and service areas, such as a residents’ laundry.
Our planning Application for Stage 1 has been submitted to Indigo Shire Council. We envisage that tenders for this project will be sought early April. At this time, we still anticipate building to commence late June.
Preparations on site have already started. We will be demolishing the house in front of the Men’s Shed in the next couple of weeks to make way for a new car park and improved access to the site.
The second stage involves the creation of a community hub that can host a variety of visiting and permanent health and community services and activities. In February and early March we sought input from the community about their health and well-being service needs to help shape plans for this stage.
This is the exciting part of the redevelopment as it will link the residential aged care section’s rooms and assisted living units to the community centre by way of a “village street”. The development will have the feel of a small village, with a village square and services coming from the street. This space and services will be open to the Yackandandah community which we believe offers many benefits to the community and our residents.
Our aim is to change the concept of developments where our elders live apart from the broader community. We will follow the European model where generations mix and the elders of the community are empowered, respected and enjoyed.
What will the community hub look like?
The vision is for a space that can be used by residents and the public to facilitate well being and community interaction. As well as providing space for current services, it may provide areas for new services, a cafe, a home for community groups, courses or meeting rooms.
We don’t yet know what it will look like, that’s why we asked for your suggestions via the survey. The survey is now closed.
Thank you for your input
Thank you to everyone who submitted their thoughts and comments; we had 93 responses. We have received a lot of suggestions on how Stage 2 – the community hub – may look and are now collating the information. A summary of the survey results will be available on this site soon and will be included in the next edition of our newsletter and Yackity Yak.
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