A $5 million, 37 room extension at Latrobe Valley Village aged care facility in Moe is set to create local jobs.
The build is being delivered by Moe company, Kingbuilt Homes, which has committed to using all local contractors on the project.
Kingbuilt commercial development manager, Nick Costabile, said the nine-month project would inject valuable funds into the Latrobe Valley economy, with 30-40 people working on-site at any one time.
“For us, the Latrobe Valley is the best place to be. We’ve been doing a lot of commercial projects in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, so it’s wonderful to be working on a significant project in our home town,” Mr Costabile said.
Work on the extension got underway on Monday, with 93 year-old long-term Latrobe Valley Village (LVV) resident Ave Dunkley turning the first sod.
Ms Dunkley has lived at the facility for 21 years.
According to LVV chief executive officer, Tom Hayes, the extension will not only upgrade the facility, but also the residents’ quality of life.
“This project will see the creation of 37 modern and spacious aged care rooms, each with a private ensuite,” Mr Hayes said.
“Four of the new rooms will be large enough to accommodate couples.
“Once the extension is complete in October, current residents in the oldest part of the facility will move into the new rooms.
“This will provide them with more comfort, privacy and convenience. It’s essentially upgrading them from older homes to brand new ones.”
Mr Hayes said the extension was only the first stage of the project.
“Once the new rooms are finished, we’ll retire the old rooms and the second stage of the project in 2019 will see us demolish two-thirds of the original building.
“We’ll then construct a further 16 new rooms on that site.”
LVV is a community owned, non-profit charitable organisation. It includes a 96-bed aged care facility and 53 self-contained independent living units.
LVV is located on five acres of lawn and garden beside the old Moe Hospital site at 5 Ollerton Avenue.
For further information, contact LVV on 5127 7488.
Photo: Pictured (from left) are Kingbuilt director Phil King and commercial development manager Nick Costabile, with Latrobe Valley Village board president John Kerr and CEO Tom Hayes. Ninety-three year old resident Ave Dunkley had the honour of turning the first sod.
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