WORK will begin on the redevelopment of UnitingCare Ageing’s Wontama facility in May next year.
Orange City Council has given approval for UnitingCare Ageing to replace the existing high-care residential buildings at Wontama Village with a new facility.
The new premises will house a cafe, chapel and hairdresser, as well as additional contemporary accommodation for residents, with private rooms and areas for social interaction as well as specialist 24-hour care.
UnitingCare Ageing director of residential and health care services Saviour Buhagiar said landscaping and gardens around the village would also be updated to maximise opportunities for residents to spend time outdoors.
“The project team is currently working with a specialist team of architects and consultants to refine all of the design details, and pending the selection of a construction contractor, we are on track to begin work on the new building in May 2015,” he said.
“Assuming there are no major delays throughout the construction program, we expect the building to be ready for residents in November 2016.”
A separate development application was submitted to council this week for improvements to Clancy Weston Lodge at Wontama Village.
If approved, UnitingCare Ageing will be able to improve accessibility, amenities and privacy for Clancy Weston Lodge residents, and help integrate all buildings on the site.
“By taking a whole-of-site approach and seeking pre-approval for a range of improvement works at Clancy Weston Lodge, we hope to build upon Wontama’s strong history and culture of resident interaction, socialisation and enjoyment,” Mr Buhagiar said.
A spokesperson for UnitingCare Ageing said nearby residents would be kept informed of the construction work as it progressed.