Blue Care gets funds to refurbish its 110-bed aged care home in Toowoomba

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UnitingCare Queensland’s operator Blue Care will fully refurbish its 110-bed aged care home in Toowoomba, 125km west of Queensland’s capital city Brisbane, in 12 months’ time.

The Federal Government is contributing $8.9 million to the project with UnitingCare allocating $9.5 million.

UnitingCare CEO Craig Barke said the Federal Government funding, through the Community Development Grants Program, was vital to ensuring the significant refurbishment works would go ahead, and enable the provision of individually tailored accommodation for current and future residents.

“This project will improve all aspects of the facility, including resident rooms, recreation areas and surrounding gardens as well as back-of-house amenities such as kitchens and laundries,” he said.

Following the project’s completion in August 2024, Blue Care anticipates the aged care home will employ 149 people, contributing $33.1 million into the Toowoomba economy through direct expenditure and a further $72 million through indirect expenditure.