This article was originally published in the North West News by Glenn Roberts.
10 February 2016
$5.5m Youngcare project back on track
WORK on the $5.5 million Youngcare complex at Albany Creek is about to start after months of delays.
Former housing minister Tim Mander turned the first sod in a ceremony in November 2014 but the project was stalled through 2015 while negotiations took place between Youngcare, MS Queensland and two state government departments.
Youngcare chief executive officer Samantha Kennerley said all parties “absolutely had the right intent” and there had been no points of contention between the parties and no changes to plans.
“We were all just ensuring that we are all delivering to the mission of getting eight young people out of aged care,” Mrs Kennerley said.
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The complex, to be built at the corner of Albany Creek and Leitches roads, will have eight units for young people with disabilities, with needs ranging from medium to high care.
There will also be three “mainstream” units which will be rented.
Mrs Kennerley said these would be especially suited to family members, or close friends, of the residents in the supported accommodation.
The housing project is expected to be completed by December, with residents moving in during January 2017.
It is being built on State Government-owned land.
There are about 1500 young people with high-care needs who are in aged care in Queensland.
Find out more about the project here.