Integrated Sunshine Coast seniors community development commences

The sod has been turned today on a major seniors living development at Meridan in Caloundra’s west.

Churches of Christ in Queensland is building a master planned campus on vacant Parklands Boulevard land. The $28 million first stage of the ‘Churches of Christ Campus Meridan’ will create a variety of activity spaces and services and will include multi-purpose community centre, café, seniors care accommodation and home care and support services.

This first stage of development will see approximately 1,000 contractors employed during construction and over 100 staff once the first stage is completed in late-2018.

The state-of-the-art residential aged care service will accommodate seniors in a series of themed cottage-style one and two storey buildings. The community hub will be available for local community groups and Meridan Campus residents to enjoy as part of the integrated community lifestyle. The hub includes a cafe, hairdressing salon and auditorium.

A sod turning ceremony for the development was held today, attended by Mark McArdle MP, Member for Caloundra, Councillor Peter Cox of Sunshine Coast Regional Council, and members of the local community.

Acting Chief Executive Officer David Swain said development’s first stage is major investment in progressing innovative seniors care for the region.

“We are proud to bring the best of seniors care to the rapidly expanding Sunshine Coast.” Mr Swain said.

“The aged care service will provide the best in care to enable local seniors to age in place with no need to move from their community if their care needs change.”

The 133 year old not-for-profit organisation is also currently developing major expansions to its seniors care services in Stanthorpe and Warwick. Plans are also underway for a number of other large developments throughout Queensland and Victoria.

Mr Swain said the developments demonstrate a strong commitment to seniors and local communities.

“These are substantial investments, in terms of resources to plan and build, but also as longer term community investments with significant job creation, training and local suppliers,” he said.

“The key focus remains on the local community, seniors and supporting them with innovative accommodation and care services.”

”The services we deliver, and the campuses we operate from, are evolving to meet those needs,” Mr Swain said.

“We also provide for those living in their own homes, with the enhanced delivery of home and community care a consideration of any of our development projects.”

One of the largest and most diverse not-for-profit organisations in Queensland, Churches of Christ in Queensland already has a significant presence throughout the state. This includes early childhood, child protection, retirement living, housing services, churches and missional services, home and community care and residential aged care services supporting communities including the Sunshine Coast.

Through its care services entity, Churches of Christ Care, it operates 28 residential aged care services and 23 retirement villages across Queensland and Victoria.

Posted March 6, 2017 in News