THE first sod was turned on a new $31 million Opal aged care facility in Treeby this week.
The Cockburn suburb was only created in 2016 and the facility will provide much-need aged care services to the local region.
Cockburn mayor Logan Howlett was on hand to pick up the shovel and start digging.
“The population of Cockburn is set to grow by 50,000 over coming years, which means we will need increased services and specialist support, particularly in health services and quality aged care,” he says.
“I look forward to Opal joining our community, and to the positive impact it will have through providing excellent care, as well as driving job creation from the initial development and building phase, through to when the care home opens and beyond.”
The 120-bed facility will have spacious outdoor areas including shaded balconies and gardens, undercover lawn bowls, and an al fresco dining area with outdoor kitchen and barbecue.
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Inside there will be a café, buffet dining areas and a music room with a grand piano.
A dedicated bus will be available for residents to enjoy outings and participate in community activities.
The Treeby facility is the latest addition to Opal’s suite of aged care homes in Melville, Murdoch and Alfred Cove.
The new aged care home is expected to be completed by July next year and employee about 150 people.