The groundwork at the old hospital site, necessary to convert it into Blue Haven Bonaira, is virtually at an end and the new structures are rising quickly.
Kiama Council is building the $106 million aged care complex, including 59 independent living units and a care home for 134 residents.
The whole of the complex is being worked on at once, rather than being staged as first considered.
“Since construction started in February, we have had 136 workers on the site, who have racked up more than 24,000 hours of work,” says General Manager Kerry McMurray.
“Despite the early June rain there has been no lost time due to weather. Importantly there have been no major injuries either.
“Excavation is continuing for the aged care facility but concrete slabs have already been poured for the independent living units and the community services offices.
“So far 10,000 tonnes of rock and soil have been removed from the site with 2,500 tonnes out of a total of 10,000 tonnes of concrete poured.”
The structure of the units will be completed within three months, and the care facility by November.
“The good news is everything remains on track for completion around September 2019,” says Mayor Mark Honey.
The Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward, recently inspected work on the site, saying it was exciting to see the on-ground results of the NSW Government investment in Blue Haven Bonaira.
“I’m very proud to be part of this project that will deliver important services and support for our community for many years to come.
“I am also pleased to have secured a total of $18 million from the NSW Government, including $8 million through the Restart NSW Illawarra Infrastructure Fund, towards this Blue
Haven Bonaira project,”
The complex surrounds historic Barroul House, and its restoration is included in the work being done.
The Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis, recently announced a $1.4 million grant through the Building Better Regions Fund to cover half the cost of its restoration and repurposing.
Once completed, Barroul House will include a fully functional café, meetings rooms, landscaping, sensory surrounds and an art gallery displaying works from local and indigenous artists.
The new money is in addition to $2.3 million already committed by the Federal Government for meeting rooms, community hall, a kitchen and amenities.
Interest in the units is strong, with 113 expressions of interest having been lodged already.
The units at Blue Haven Bonaira will be allocated by ballot, the same manner used to allocate units at Blue Haven Terralong.
Prices will be benchmarked against the prices at Blue Haven – Terralong, allowing for the extra amenity. Prices are based on a combination of unit size, view and orientation, with speculation some will sell for over $1 million.
Blue Haven’s existing Care Home has recently granted accreditation for three years, after meeting all of the exacting 44 standards required.