Groundwater Lodge carers Leonnie Davis and Ivy McAuley, with residents Les Waldron, Peter Booth and Bill MacNab, are ready to share their facilities with neighbours from a planned development next door.
Groundwater Lodge carers Leonnie Davis and Ivy McAuley, with residents Les Waldron, Peter Booth and Bill MacNab, are ready to share their facilities with neighbours from a planned development next door. Megan Pope

Housing boost for aged

AGED pensioners struggling to pay for soaring rents will soon have more affordable accommodation in Maryborough, with a $2.5 million housing boost aimed at the elderly.

PresCare Queensland has announced it will build 20 two-bedroom units in Granville in the next two years, specifically for people aged over 65 on low incomes.

PresCare Queensland chief executive officer Greg Skelton said housing would be built on land owned by the Presbyterian Church of Queensland adjacent to Groundwater Lodge, and residents of the new units would have access to some communal facilities at the aged-care home.

The units will be rented at 80% of the average rental in Maryborough, and were funded under the latest round of the National Rental Affordability Scheme operated by the Federal Government.

Mr Skelton said Maryborough had been identified as lacking in affordable rental accommodation for the aged and PresCare's application for the project was supported by local politicians at all levels.

"This is the first time PresCare has participated in the scheme and we are delighted to be able to help meet the accommodation needs of the elderly in the city," he said. "The units will be co-located with Groundwater Lodge should residents require aged care in the future.

"They are also designed to meet the needs of the disabled so we are planning both for functionality and technology," he said.