Blue Care faces community opposition over six-bed extension to Noosa facility

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Blue Care has faced a degree of community opposition regarding development plans designed to deliver better care for residents at its Noosa aged care home.

The plans, designed to provide better safeguards against infectious disease such as COVID, would take the number of beds at the facility from 96 to 102.

But locals are worried this small increase will result in the removal of trees that provide a food source for the glossy black cockatoo, a vulnerable species found in the area.

Glossy Team Sunrise, a community support group, has created an online petition demanding council improve stringent environmental protections at the site.

The UnitingCare-owned provider is addressing the concerns, with a Noosa Council planning committee meeting hearing on Tuesday that the site clearing would take place on a stage-by-stage basis, with four development stages planned in total.

“The people that are concerned about the entire block being cleared due to this can rest assured that that won’t be the case,” Noosa Councillor Karen Finzel said.

Blue Care’s fire management plan has also reportedly been reviewed and approved.