Community petition against aged care home’s café attracts nearly 1,000 signatures plus design suggestions

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Another example of the new militant advocacy. Catholic Healthcare is currently expanding the Villa Maria aged care home in Fortitude Valley, 7km from the Brisbane CBD, from 50 to 125 beds and wants to add a café outside its heritage-listed chapel.

However the plans have resulted in a group of parishioners and community members circulating the petition and commissioning another parishioner, an architect, to draw up alternative designs – which were rejected.

Catholic Healthcare told the Catholic Leader that members of the community had raised concerns about the proposal, but said it would not be a commercial café and would only be available to residents and visitors who used the chapel.

“Catholic Healthcare has engaged and consulted with the Diocesan Liturgical Committee on chapels, together with having ongoing dialogue with the archdiocese, to resolve some of the concerns raised to date,” their spokesperson said.

Yet another sign that consumer advocacy groups are now having the final word?

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