A mini construction boom at Ozcare’s revolutionary new aged care facility in Mackay has led to the creation of four times as many jobs as predicted during the building phase.
With the 120-bed facility set to open in June, the widespread economic benefit from the project has included the creation of 600 construction jobs – soaring well above an original estimate of 150 jobs.
Woollam Constructions Managing Director Craig Percival said the workforce on the $30 million project confirms its status as one of the largest construction projects in the region in recent years.
“At the peak of construction, around 130 trades people from a broad range of trades were on site, but the total number of jobs created during the construction phase stretched to over 600 people,” Mr Percival said.
“While these jobs were created for work completed on the site, the number of jobs does not include any suppliers who may have simply entered the site to drop off materials. No doubt, there would have been jobs created for all of our suppliers.
“Our company is proudly local and has had a long history in the Mackay region and as a proud local myself it has been a privilege to be part of Ozcare’s vision for aged care living in Mackay.”
Mr Percival said the jobs created during the construction phase of the project spanned a large cross-section of trades including fencing, scaffolding, crane operating, concreting, bricklaying, window glazing, painting, roofing, carpentry, tiling and landscaping, along with the use of local suppliers for the sourcing of materials.
Once completed, Ozcare will employ approximately 120 staff to assist in the care and support of residents at the state-of-the art facility, part of a new state-wide approach by the not-for-profit aged care provider to combine residential aged care and retirement living in one site.
Ozcare’s Head of Aged Care, Lanna Ramsay, said the organisation’s vision for integrated aged care and retirement living in Mackay aims to help alleviate pressure on local services from an estimated increase in the prevalence of dementia in the Mackay region in the next 11 years.
“New figures show more than 2000 people living with dementia in the Mackay region – this is expected to grow by two-thirds over the next 10 years. “The national, state and local trends are driving the need for flexible aged care services in the Mackay region.
“We’re now on the cusp of the ageing baby boomers – the largest generation of growth in the nation in the post-war period.
“As a society, Australians like to live at home for as long as they can and Ozcare provides great home-based services, but there are times when they need to come into care because their carer is unwell or they are just too unwell to remain at home.
“Once the residential aged care facility is completed, it is planned for a retirement village to be co-located on the site. This will allow for integrated aged care and it is a model that will enable us to support village residents with what we offer in terms of community care.”
According to latest statistics:
- Deloitte Access Economics statistics show the Federal Seat of Dawson has 2204 people living with dementia in 2019. This figure is expected to increase to 3644 in a decade and to 6855 in the next 30 years.
- The predicted increase in the prevalence of dementia in the Mackay region will have a significant impact on services.
- 13.2 per cent of Mackay’s population is currently aged 65 or more.
Ms Ramsay said Ozcare currently provides home support for nearly 600 people and their carers and offers a Dementia Advisory and Support Service in the Mackay region.
She said Ozcare will be advertising shortly for full-time, part-time and casual positions across a range of roles including clinical and registered nurses, care assistants, chefs, cooks, kitchen hands, servery staff, cleaners, gardeners, rostering and maintenance staff.
“Our commitment is to employ as many people as we can from the local and surrounding areas,” Ms Ramsay said.
- 120-bed facility
- Two secure dementia wings (18 beds each)
- Residential respite care for people needing short-term care
- In house coffee shop with childrens’ playground and lawn bowls
- Retirement village to be built next door (co-located for continuum of care)
- Opens June 2020
- Address: 15 Charlotte Street, West Mackay