The first sod on a new $37m, 125 bed aged care home at Toukley was turned on May 29.
Opal Aged Care held the sod turning ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of its Opal Toukley premises.
Upon completion, Opal Toukley will sit alongside Opal’s Berkeley Vale, Kanwal, Killarney Vale and Norah Head as one of the Northern Central Coast’s most committed and enduring aged care providers.
The sod was turned by Central Coast Mayor, Jane Smith, who believes the new aged care home will provide a much needed boost to aged care services in the local community.
“Opal Toukley is an investment in a better future for our elders and our growing community.
“The population of the Central Coast is set to grow by 70,000 by 2036, which means that we will need increased services and specialist support, particularly in health services and quality aged care.
“I look forward to Opal continuing to invest in our community, and to the positive impact Opal Toukley will have through providing excellent care, as well as driving job creation from the initial development and building phase,” said Mayor Smith.
Marie Barter, Regional General Manager of Opal NSW North, spoke of the need for greater access to quality aged care services for the local community.
“We are delighted to be turning the first sod at Toukley today.
“It will provide local employment for around 800 people during construction, with a site team of 120 people at its peak.
“At Opal, we are committed to continually improving the experience of our current and future residents, particularly people who are living with dementia.
“This means offering care homes where our elders can live with purpose, respect and dignity, all of which are vital to a person’s wellness, underpinned by excellent clinical care,” Barter said.
“We are very much looking forward to building deeper community connections in the area.
“This is essential to providing the best care for our residents, so that they are included in community life and can continue to participate in relationships and activities that are meaningful to them,” she added.
Opal Toukley will be located on Main St, Toukley, and is expected to be completed by September, 2020.
According to Barter, the facility will provide high quality, affordable care with stunning views over Budgewoi and Tuggerah Lakes, offering residents single rooms with ensuites or companion rooms.
“It has been designed with spacious outdoor areas, including shaded balconies and gardens, an alfresco dining area with an outdoor kitchen and barbecue and underground parking for visitors.
“Inside there will be a central social hub with a café, buffet dining areas and a music room with a grand piano.
“A dedicated Opal bus will be available to residents to enjoy outings and participating in community activities.
“When it is operating at full capacity, the new care home will employ around 150 team members in a variety of roles, including registered nurses, enrolled nurses, assistants in nursing, lifestyle team, personal care assistants, chef, cook and kitchen team, allied health roles, administration, maintenance and general service officers,” Barter said.
Media release, May 28
Roseanne Cartwright, Opal Aged Care