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The integrated campus features the new 128-bed state-of-the-art aged care service, 99 unit retirement village, community centre with auditorium, function rooms and café, office space for Community Care, a venue for Warwick Church of Christ and regional hot desks.
Executive Director Services Bryan Mason said the completion of the campus was a major milestone for the organisation and for the Southern Downs community.
“We have created a campus that we are truly proud of and look forward to watching the campus community grow and take advantage of the wonderful facilities this site has to offer. We are proud to be able to provide these quality services to support the Warwick and Southern Downs community,” Bryan said.
“More than being simply a service provider, our integrated community approach enables us to provide uplift to the entire community. For example we hope to see schools access these facilities in future, and there is the possibility of a playgroup using them next year. The café with its safe carpark and playground is very family-friendly.”
The site was completed in August, with a community open day on 18 August bringing people from across Warwick and surrounds through the gates to tour the buildings and see what the campus has to offer. Our Board also visited for the regular meeting on 23 August, and local health professionals toured the development on 17 August.
“The completion of this $32 million aged care service and community centre, to complement and join our existing retirement village, is the culmination of years of consultation and planning. We are proud to have delivered such a wonderful campus to support the local community,” Bryan said.
The community centre and café will be open to the local community and be a focal point of activity, with the auditorium a place of worship for local faith groups, including Warwick Church of Christ.
Residents will be gradually moving into the new aged care service. Service Manager Megan Minasi is thrilled to be establishing the new service.
“We want to be a real centre of excellence for the community. I’m looking forward to creating a homelike environment for our residents where they can receive the highest quality of care,” Megan said.
The Mission Action Partner Craig Sadler is excited about his role in bringing the integrated community together and seizing opportunities for future partnerships.
“There is already interest among Retirement Village residents to volunteer at the new aged care service, and the local Church has offered to clean village residents’ homes in spring to get rid of the last of the construction dust.
“Negotiations are also underway to help a local theatre group for people with a disability mount a production in September that might not otherwise have seen the light of day. These are just some practical examples of working together for the overall community good,” Craig said.
For more information regarding the development and key features of the campus, visit www.cofc.com.au/developments/warwick.