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    Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Minister to reassess Stafford Heights nursing home development

    Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women
    The Honourable Desley Boyle

    Friday, May 05, 2006

    Minister to reassess Stafford Heights nursing home development

    Environment, Local Government and Planning Minister Desley Boyle has "called in" a development, which includes an aged-care facility, at StaffordHeights on Brisbane’s northside.

    Brisbane City Council has rejected the proposal. The “call in” means that Minister Boyle will now re-assess the application and make the decision on whether or not it goes ahead.

    Blue Care has proposed a multi purpose facility including an aged-care facility, medical centre and child care centre at Rode Road, StaffordHeights.

    “There is no doubt this has been a controversial proposal with strong views for and against. There is a petition with 1649 signatures opposing the development and another with 1760 signatures supporting it.

    “The Brisbane City Council refused the development application because it is contrary to Brisbane’s City Plan 2000.

    “Lord Mayor Campbell Newman says the land has environmental values and that Council advised Blue Care it could build on about a third of the land but not all of it.

    “The advice to me from the Environmental Protection Agency is that the site has been identified as not having significant environmental values to the State as a wildlife corridor or for providing habitat for wildlife species.

    “With all these conflicting views it’s time that I stepped in to sort this one out.

    “There is a state interest, namely the economic benefit, to consider with this proposal.

    “Potentially this health care hub could provide 550 jobs for the region, which would be a significant boost to the local economy.

    “In addition to this economic boost; the health benefits for Brisbane are significant:

    • 256 beds – specialising in high care accommodation; plus
    • 250 beds – specialising in low-medium care accommodation; plus
    • A local medical centre.

    “If you need assistance, it’s much easier for you and your family if you’re in an aged-care home rather than a public hospital long term. That also alleviates pressure on the public health system, freeing up much needed beds.

    “There is a broader issue concerning aged-care homes that I will consider. I have noticed a pattern of councils, throughout Queensland, showing a reluctance to approve aged-care facilities.

    “The other aspect to Blue Care’s proposal is a 75-place child care facility, which would cater for children between 0-6 years,” Ms Boyle said.

    Member for Stafford Terry Sullivan welcomed the Minister’s decision to give the development further consideration.

    “My electorate has double the number of over 70’s than the rest of the state.

    “There is a desperate need for aged-care facilities in the suburbs where people have lived for many years. It enables them to retain their social network which is really important to the quality of life and better health for older residents,” Mr Sullivan said.

    Minister Boyle said the application would be reassessed and a decision made as soon as possible.

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    5 May 2006