Council approval caters for Coast’s older population
  • Friday 01 February 2019

Accommodating the Sunshine Coast’s rapidly expanding older population has become a key development trend being considered by council, highlighted by the recent approval for a retirement facility expansion in Nambour.

The proposal to refurbish and redevelop the existing Nambour Sundale retirement and aged care facility will deliver a total of 266 dedicated residential care units and 490 interchangeable retirement facility / residential care units.

Planning Portfolio Councillor Christian Dickson welcomed more aged care infrastructure and facilities to the region.

“There is no doubt that the world’s population is changing and the expansion demonstrates the ongoing demand for this style of housing,” Cr Dickson said.

“People are living longer and our region continues to be an attractive location to retire as represented through our older population.

“The Sunshine Coast is favoured by retirees for its climate, lifestyle and amenities.

“It’s important to consider our future population’s needs and ensure we provide developments that can help meet the demand for quality aged care services in our community.”

Sundale CEO Danielle Mackenzie thanked council for the pro-active support throughout the development application process.

Mrs Mackenzie reaffirmed a growing demand nationally for suitable accommodation for older Australians, which was the catalyst behind submitting a multi-million-dollar upgrade proposal to council for its Nambour facility.

“In a bid to meet community needs and improve the ageing Doolan Street site, we proposed to double the residential capacity of the complex,” Mrs Mackenzie said.

“We worked closely with council throughout the planning process of this significant development application as council, not only recognises the increasing need for aged care, but also championed our expression of confidence in the town.”

“The recently approved application will see our current site expand to cater for existing and future residents of Sundale Nambour.”

Further information about the development application can be viewed on Development.i.

*Image: artist impression of approved plans.