Benetas gets green light for New Oaks home

Benetas has received planning approval to build a residential aged care home in Gisborne in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges.

Victorian aged care provider Benetas has received approval from Macedon Ranges Shire Council to build a residential aged care home in Gisborne in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria.

The New Oaks residential aged care home will now accommodate residents over two floors, down from original proposal of three floors.

A detailed design for the home is being developed and the final design will incorporate future proofing elements to increase beds at the home if required, Benetas said in a statement.

Benetas CEO Sandra Hills said the council’s decision to back the development of the home was “a significant win” for the Macedon Ranges community.

Sandra Hills

“The local population is forecast to grow 40 per cent over the next 15 years, including a doubling in the next decade of people aged 80-plus,” Ms Hills said.

Benetas made a $60 million investment commitment to meet ageing and aged care needs in the Macedon Ranges when it acquired Macedon Ranges Health in 2018.

Ms Hills said Benetas remained committed to its investment promise.

“We’ll actively monitor local demand for aged care services over the short and longer term to guide how we deploy our funding promise across the residential aged care, retirement living and MRH health precinct,” she said.

“The residential aged care home, in conjunction with the integrated retirement living complex and adjacent MRH centre, will play a critical role in meeting the changing needs of the Macedon Ranges community.”

Construction of New Oaks is expected to take place from mid-next year until late 2023.

Once completed, it will become home to residents of Benetas’ existing facility in Gisborne.

Benetas has also submitted planning and re-zoning applications for an 80-unit retirement living development, which is part of the proposed Gisborne Residential Aged Care and Retirement Living precinct.

Main image: Benetas’ proposed New Oaks home

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