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New facility given green light

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November 09, 2017

A new retirement home in Benalla has been given the nod to go ahead at a recent local council meeting.

A new retirement home in Benalla has been given the nod to go ahead at a recent local council meeting.

A 120-bed aged-care facility will be built on a 12-lot subdivision on Thomas St after it was given the green light.

The proposal, which was unanimously passed by Benalla Rural City councillors, states the aged-care facility will be a ‘‘single-storey building predominantly constructed from brick with a rendered finish and containing a pitched colorbond roof.’’

Melbourne-based Croft Developments will carry out the project.

At the meeting, councillor Willie Van Wersch questioned the space allocated for car parking at the facility, but staff allayed his concerns, saying there would be ‘‘more than double’’ the minimum parking spaces required.

Two areas have been identified as potential for car parking space, which will mean a total of 63 spaces.

Within the facility, the application states it will allow for many facilities for residents, including outdoor communal areas, physiotherapy, a doctors, chapel, hairdressers, office space, and many more.

Benalla Mayor Don Firth at the meeting said he was totally behind the project.

‘‘It’s going to offer employment in a wide variety of jobs for a long time to come,’’ Cr Firth said.

‘‘This is a fantastic development and if they can jump through the hoops (to get the facility approved) then this could be very exciting.

‘‘I’ve spoken to the developer and we’re both excited about this and we look forward to this getting under way.’’

Councillor Bernie Hearn said at the meeting it was a ‘‘fantastic’’ development to be coming to Benalla.

‘‘For 120 beds to be coming to Benalla, I think it’s fantastic. I commend this going forward,’’ she said.

The proposed site is currently listed as being vacant land.

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