Plans for New Aged Care Residence in Carnegie

October 8, 2014 by Ayal Tusia
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Jewish Care Victoria has purchased land in  Carnegie for the future construction of a 120 bed residential aged care facility.

 The 7,917sqm site at at 1 Wahgoo Road, currently has an older style 60 bed aged care facility on it called Betheden, which Churches of Christ Care has made the decision to close by mid-December 2014. After an extensive search for a suitable site for a new 120 bed aged care facility, Jewish Care approached Churches of Christ Care and has agreed to purchase the Carnegie site subject to a successful town planning outcome.

Jeffrey Appel, Dean Phelan, Mike Debinski and Bill Appleby

Jeffrey Appel, Dean Phelan, Mike Debinski and Bill Appleby

Jewish Care CEO Bill Appleby said that, “The purchase of the Carnegie site is the final piece in the jigsaw to allow Jewish Care to deliver 3 senior living precincts as outlined in our Towards Tomorrow – Strategic Plan 2014-2017. It also aligns with the findings of the recent demographic analysis conducted by Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization, which highlights the significant shift in Jewish population into the south eastern corridor in Melbourne. Our community’s continued growth in these areas will now be ideally served by this exciting development” he said.

On 2 October, Dean Phelan, Chief Executive Officer of Churches of Christ in Queensland, which incorporates Churches of Christ Care, met with Jewish Care’s President Mike Debinski, Co-Vice President Jeffrey Appel and CEO Bill Appleby to sign the contracts of sale.

Dean Phelan congratulated Jewish Care on its purchase of Betheden and expressed pleasure that the aged care legacy of the site will continue.


Deal done

“Aged care has been a part of this Carnegie site since the 1950s and I am heartened that aged care will continue there for many years to come. We think that Jewish Care is the perfect custodian for future generations of residents, staff and volunteers in this community.” Mr Phelan said.

This purchase is just one of a number of major capital investment projects worth $180 million over the next 10 years that will see Jewish Care grow and change the face of aged care, disability and community services for the Victorian Jewish community.

“I am delighted that Jewish Care has been able to complete the negotiations with Churches of Christ Queensland for the purchase of the Betheden site in Carnegie. This is a great opportunity, enabling Jewish Care to grow and deliver sustainable, quality services for our community” said Mr Debinski.


About Churches of Christ Care:

Established in 1930, Churches of Christ Care is one of the largest, most diverse not-for-profit organisations in Queensland, operating more than 150 care services throughout Melbourne, Victoria and Queensland with the support of more than 3,000 staff and over 600 volunteers.

Churches of Christ Care operate 28 residential aged care services throughout Queensland (25) and Melbourne, Victoria (3).

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