94 construction jobs created with $4.7m Kyogle project
DEMOLITION works have started to make way for the $4.7 million expansion of a Kyogle aged care facility.
An existing wing will be knocked down to make way for a new building and, once complete, the project will create 24 new places for elderly residents.
Director of care services for Whiddon Kyogle, Kathy Gibson, said she was "delighted" to see work officially start on the expansion project.
"It will provide more jobs, including new positions at our aged care home in nursing care, hospitality and hotel services, along with 94 construction jobs during the building phase and an annual $1 million contribution to the region following its completion," she said.
"The project that we see begin today will include the construction of a new wing, 24 new aged care places, new courtyards to promote outdoor living and easy access to gardens, a new servery to service two dining rooms and a new laundry to service a larger aged care home with additional residents."
Page MP Kevin Hogan was on hand to help kick off the work.
"The government has committed $4.7 million to the project that will see 24 new places for elderly residents," he said.
"This is great news for Kyogle, as it means more jobs will be made available in the local area.
"It will also mean local aged residents who don't want to move out of the area, will have more opportunity to stay near family and friends."