Opening of Parklands Retirement Haven - (R) Phillip Parry (CEO Torbay Retirement Villages) and president Ted Killer (2nd right) at the official opening.
Opening of Parklands Retirement Haven - (R) Phillip Parry (CEO Torbay Retirement Villages) and president Ted Killer (2nd right) at the official opening. Alistair Brightman

Aged care becomes high priority

WHEN you commission a $16 million project you can only hope and pray that the builder will be able to deliver it on time and on budget.

Local builders VDM Constructions Bellero achieved just that when they handed over the keys to the new Parklands Retirement Haven this month.

The new aged care facility is the second major investment for Torbay Retirement Villages, a local non profit charity group that has been in operation since 1974.

The group's CEO, Philip Parry, gave a glowing tribute to the professionalism of the builders and in particular construction manager John Sheehan.

“They were just fantastic to work with and I can't praise his company enough,” Mr Parry said.

“It took VDM Constructions Bellero just on one year to build the new facility and they were professional in everything they did.

“The good news is we hardly had to dig into the backup funds we'd put aside for a possible budget blow-out,” he said.

Torbay group president, Ted Killer, has dedicated 14 years of his life to helping facilitate aged care facilities in Hervey Bay.

“This project has been years in the making and it is so needed,” he said.

“Everyone involved has put in so much effort and it's great to finally open the doors.

“The directors of Torbay need special mention for their tireless voluntary work.”

The pressure on aged care facilities in the region means that all 48 units in the new complex may have already been booked.

The Torbay group has a waiting list of almost a hundred on its books.

The new residents will start moving in next week at a slow pace.

“Each new resident needs to be carefully assessed to determine the level of care they require,” Mr Parry said.

“We should have five in the complex next week and another five will join them the week after,” he said.

The two-storey facility features independent living units, low and high care, respite care and palliative care in a peaceful bushland setting.



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