Addition to Aged Care boosts town

Alpine Shire Council announced today that it has received a planning application for a $2.4 million proposal to extend the Myrtleford Lodge Aged Care facility in Prince Street.

The Myrtleford Lodge is currently a 61 bed facility. The planning application is yet to be processed, but if approved will extend the facility by providing 20 high care (nursing home-type) single rooms with ensuites, along with additional communal spaces, staff areas, car parking and associated landscaping.

“With an ageing population, care facilities such as these are a necessity for now and into the future,” Cr Mautone said. “Council is encouraged by the commitment to this development, enabling our residents to stay in their own community while receiving the care that they need.”

Director of Bentley Wood, Mr Brian Fitzpatrick said, “the Directors of Bentley Wood Aged Care are delighted to be able to carry out these much needed extensions, and we certainly endorse Cr Mautone’s comments about the benefits of providing aged care in the Alpine Shire.”

“The extension will allow residents to receive aged care in the Alpine Shire, and also allow those who enter a low level of care (hostel-type care) to continue through the same facility to a high level of care (nursing home-type care),” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

The proposed extension to the aged care facility adds to a positive time for Myrtleford with the opening of Carter Holt Harvey’s upgraded plywood mill due in late June, and the recent news of the new development at the tobacco buildings. All announcements will allow for employment opportunities and security for Myrtleford and its residents.

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