Making way for elderly

By PETER CATON

SEVERAL hundred new retired and agedcare places are about to enhance Tweed Heads reputation as God's waiting room.

Tweed Shire Council's administrators late yesterday gave the nod to a fivestorey aged-care complex in Powell Street, and amended conditions for an earlier approved complex on Sexton Hill.

The new $16 million Tweed Heads complex will be in the centre of a triangle of facilities important for the aging Tweed Centro shopping centre, Tweed Heads Bowls Club and The Tweed Hospital.

The development was approved despite concerns it could worsen carparking congestion in the area.

It is to be developed by Domain Aged Care which already runs a number of aged-care complexes on the Gold Coast.

The complex will cater for 120 residents, half of them classified as high-care either in wheelchairs or bed-bound.

The council administrators also approved changes to an $8.8 million extension of the Oceanview Assisted Living complex on the corner of the Pacific Highway and Terranora Road.

The development, which will involve demolition of a long-time fruit stall fronting the highway, was previously intended to accommodate 82 bedrooms.

The plans now provide for 62 bedrooms by increasing the number of single-bedroom units and slashing the number with two bedrooms.

It is to be developed by the Queensland-based Petrac Group despite growing fears in the aged-care industry that an oversupply in beds could mean some nursing homes face a challenge to remain profitable.



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