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New aged care facility on track

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May 11, 2018

Shepparton Villages board of directors Merushe Asim, Hansen Yuncken project manager Matt Ledger and Shepparton Villages chief executive Kerri Rivett at the building site.

Shepparton Villages’ new 120-bed residential aged care facility being built on Chas Johnson Reserve has a name.

Maculata Place is on track for completion at the end of July; the name a nod to the Maculata gums lining the road adjacent to the $34million facility.

Shepparton Village chief executive said the building had been deliberately designed to re-create a community for residents.

‘‘A community where they feel safe, supported and engaged in life,’’ she said.

‘‘We regard the residents’ rooms as their homes, the corridors as the streets and the dining rooms as cafes.’’

Yesterday, the board also announced naming protocols to honour founding fathers Lance Woodhouse and Keppel Turnour.

The facility comes with a hairdressing salon, gym, consultant rooms, meeting places and four interior courtyards.

‘‘It’s not a residential care facility, it’s a community. It’s a building that invites you in,’’ Ms Rivett said.

‘‘It’s bright and enables them (our residents) and encourages them to do as much as possible for themselves. It’s all about choice and decision making.’’

As part of the contract with builders Hansen Yuncken, the majority of labour on the site has been sourced locally.

Project manager Matt Ledger said the double-storey building had included a number of environmentally friendly products.

‘‘Like bio-wood, a roof solar system and double-gazed windows,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s all tracking nicely, we haven’t been hampered by rain which is fantastic. We’re running at about 80 per cent of local (trade) participants.’’

Almost 400 solar panels will generate around third of the facility’s daytime power needs and aim to reduce the building’s carbon foot print.

‘‘We’ve also made some fantastic community partnerships with the likes of Billabong Nursery which is growing 5000 plus plants needed for landscaping,’’ Ms Rivett said.

An official opening will be held in November after residents have settled in to their new home.

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