Development extension sought as building starts on Blue Care’s $100M integrated retirement living and aged care precinct in Noosa

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Not For Profit provider Blue Care has sought a development extension as it starts clearing the land for an integrated retirement living and aged care precinct at Sunrise Beach, Noosa, QLD.

Once complete, the $100 million project on the Sunshine Coast will provide opportunities for 260 residents and address Noosa’s critical shortage of retirement living and aged care housing options.

Blue Care’s owner UnitingCare Queensland lodged a Material Change of Use application with Noosa Council to extend the commencement of use to 19 December 2024 and work completion to 19 December 2028.

UnitingCare’s requested two-year extension is combined with Queensland Government granting of two six-month approval extensions provided to all developments due to COVD-19, adding up to a three-year extension and design changes in response to COVID-19 and the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

“Research shows that integrated independent living and aged care homes provide the best care outcomes for residents and their families,” Blue Care Group Executive Cathy Thomas said.

As The SOURCE reported in June last year, the retirement village is being developed on behalf of Blue Care by retirement village operator Lendlease.

The site’s 102-bed aged care home is designed by architecture and interior design firm ThomsonAdsett and is based on the small household model of care.