More than 270 jobs will be created as part of a landmark project to deliver a revolutionary new aged care facility in Mackay.
Once completed, Ozcare’s 120-bed facility, built by Woollam Constructions, will be one of the largest construction projects in the region in recent years, delivering 150 jobs in construction and 120 jobs during its operation.
Ozcare’s Group Manager Construction and Property, Russell Young, said the $30 million project was part of the organisation’s vision to combine residential aged care and retirement living in one site.
“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,” Mr Young said.
The project will be constructed by Woollam Constructions, which has a history stretching back more than a century with strong ties to regional Queensland. Woollam’s Mackay office was opened more than 60 years ago and has constructed Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre and Mackay Stadium.
Woollam Constructions Managing Director Craig Percival said the project was currently supporting a broad range of trades with work on the first phase of construction currently being undertaken.
“There are between 70 to 90 local tradespeople on site at the moment and that is going to peak at about 150 when the project moves into its final phase later this year,” Mr Percival said.
“Woollam Constructions has had a long and proud history in the Mackay region and as proud local myself it is very pleasing to be part of this project.”
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.
Ozcare’s Head of Aged Care, Lanna Ramsay, said a predicted increase in the prevalence of dementia in the Mackay region in the next 11 years, in line with a national trend, was set to have a significant impact on services.
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,” Ms Ramsay said.
“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.”
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 the new Mackay facility would be staffed with 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.
“Ozcare is an organisation that offers you career opportunity and we have the best interests of our clients whether they are community or residential-based.”
- 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, lawn bowls/putt putt
- Retirement village to be built next door (co-located for continuum of care)
- Opens early to mid 2020
- Address: Landsdowne Road, West Mackay