Aged-care centre for Tweed Coast
By LEONIE BRANN
RON and Hazel Silver are happy that they will soon have a multi-milliondollar aged-care facility as their neighbour.
The long-term permanent residents of the Hastings Point Holiday Village say they are "100 per cent behind" the proposal to turn the 10-acre caravan park site into a state-of-the-art facility that will cater for retirees throughout all stages of ageing.
"We'll croak here," Mr Silver said.
"This is the kind of aged-care facility that the Tweed needs.
"The majority of the permanent residents are in support of the plan."
The plan will provide up to 320 beds for retirees at different stages of ageing, from living independently to high-support needs, is expected to cost between $25 and $30 million, and if approved by Tweed Shire Council administrators, is expected to create up to 250 new jobs in the aged-care sector.
If approved the development will be built over five stages, starting with 60 two and three-bedroom independent living units.
Owner of the holiday village on the Tweed Coast Road Allan McIntosh will partner with local property developers PDK developments to construct the planned venture.
Local businessmen Paul Kearney, Danny Gillies and former NRL player Kevin Campion are partners in the development firm that is behind the aged-care facility, that will be like a little community, complete with onsite care and entertainment options for its residents.
None of the 25 or so permanent residents will be displaced if the de- velopment is approved, Mr McIntosh said.
"Permanent residents will be given the option to stay on in their homes or move into one of the units," Mr Silver said.
"Or they will be paid a market price for their home by the developers if they decide to move."
Spokesperson for PDK Developments Paul Kearney, said development would start as soon as possible after consent was given by council.
Tweed Shire Council's manager of development assesment Garry Smith said the plans were on public display until May 31.
"But if people get their submissions in during the next week then they will not be ignored as part of the approval process," he said.
Copies of the plan are available from council's Murwillumbah office.