New aged care development in Medical Place at Urraween - 145 bed Premier Health Care building under construction - (L) Dom Taylor (site mgr.) and Clayton Ballard (snr. site mgr.) looking over the site from the first floor.
New aged care development in Medical Place at Urraween - 145 bed Premier Health Care building under construction - (L) Dom Taylor (site mgr.) and Clayton Ballard (snr. site mgr.) looking over the site from the first floor. Alistair Brightman

$30 million aged care facility to create 350 jobs

A NEW health and aged-care facility now under construction will have generated about 350 jobs on the Coast when it opens.

The complex, the $30 million Premier Health Care facility in Urraween's Medical Place, already has created 60 jobs for local tradepeople during its construction.  

And the jobs will continue to grow, reaching about 200 tradespeople prior to its opening in July next year.  

Then the health care facility's ongoing staff complement will kick in, providing work for about 150 health care and allied workers on an ongoing basis once the facility is up and running.  

Senior site manager for Hutchinson Builders, Clayton Ballard said there had not been any major changes to the initial development plans which started in May. 

He said it would provide 145 beds.

New aged care development in Medical Place at Urraween - 145 bed Premier Health Care building under construction - Clayton Ballard (snr. site mgr.) with an artists impression of the finished building.
New aged care development in Medical Place at Urraween - 145 bed Premier Health Care building under construction - Clayton Ballard (snr. site mgr.) with an artists impression of the finished building. Alistair Brightman

  The new integrated health and aged care facility will offer a blend of collocated allied health services with a mix of low and high care beds in addition to memory support living.   

Mr Ballard said work was progressing well and they were at the stage where they were getting ready to build the upper floors.   

A bowling green will feature as well as an on-site hair salon, gym, visitor and resident lounges, dining rooms, a theatre, therapy centre and outdoor living and recreational spaces.  

Mr Ballard, who will be in control of the project until it is complete, said he moved his family up from the Sunshine Coast and hoped to get more work in the area so he could stay.   

He is proud to be part of a facility that is helping add to the growth of the Fraser Coast.   

"It is good to be part of the region's future and its growth," Mr Ballard said. 

  "It's great to have more infrastructure and health facilities for the region," he said.