This development, part of the Federal Government’s National Building – Economic Stimulus Plan, is a practical solution to the growing problem of limited availability of affordable rental accommodation for people over 55.
Director of Churches of Christ Care, David Swain said the project meets a vital community need with the development of the 87 units at Bongaree.
“The development on Cotterill Ave is intended for people on low incomes who are struggling to secure or maintain housing that is affordable in the private market,” Mr Swain said.
“Eighty per cent of the units are now wheelchair accessible as we will be installing five wheelchair lifts to the upper level townhouses.
“The wet weather has slightly delayed the development but it will be ready for tenancy by August/September.”
Mr Swain said one of the most exciting aspects of this development is the integration of care services on the one site. “We want people to be able to age in place and not have to move away from their local community networks,” he said. “The Churches of Christ in Queensland Campus, Bribie Island brings together the many pieces of the seniors’ care puzzle on one site.”
“We plan to build throughout Queensland seniors’ accommodation and care services that incorporates affordable/community housing, retirement living, community aged care, dementia care and residential aged care on one site, with each site specifically tailored to individual communities.
“The Bribie Island development is one of our first integrated communities where a person can move into an affordable housing unit as an over 55-year-old and as they get older and their needs change, they can access all of the services offered across the ageing spectrum, without moving.”
Once completed, Bribie Island will provide accommodation and care services for around 370 seniors across the site.