The Anglican Bishop of Newcastle, The Right Reverend Dr Peter Stuart was joined by the Chairman of Anglican Care, Mr Malcom McDonald, CEO Colin Osborne, staff and dignitaries, to celebrate the commencement of construction at CA Brown Residential Aged Care Booragul facility on August 20.
The $41 million re-development, spearheaded by Project Managers APP and local construction organisation Core Property Group, will expand and improve the care and services available to residents and is expected to be completed by April 2020.
This is an especially exciting development for Anglican Care with the Booragul site Anglican Care’s ‘spiritual home’. 60 years ago, CA Brown Village became the first facility in, what was to become one of the Hunters largest and most trusted Aged Care providers.
The CA Brown Redevelopment will peak with 160 local workers per day, bringing employment to 1500 people over the course of the two-year construction period. The redevelopment is a significant investment in the area and further proof of Anglican Care’s commitment to the Lake Macquarie area; which has a higher number of over 65’s than the state average.
The re-development of the CA Brown site will expand and improve upon the care and services available to residents; this includes 126 single en-suite rooms (18 of those being dementia specific), a purpose-built Day Therapy Centre, café and a number of multi-purpose spaces including a Chapel,” said Anglican Care CEO Colin Osborne.
“The facility has been re-designed to provide a new entry to the residential village and newly landscaped surroundings, which separates service vehicles from resident-related traffic movements,” he said.
Despite being on the Anglican Care Board for 13 years, this development is Malcolm McDonald’s first since becoming Chair of the group.
“It is projects like this that allow us to build on our wonderful history of care and concern as well as our commitment to provide contemporary high-quality services underpinned by Christian philosophies,” said Mr McDonald.
“It is a period of growth for the organisation and it is exciting to expand our footprint within the Diocese and to be able to provide services to a growing number of older people, both those moving to one of our homes and those we provide services to in the community,” he said.
In 2005, CA Brown Village underwent a staged development with new duplex style units, a new community room and a new administration home, but this will be the largest development on the site to date.