Construction work starts on aged care hub

Construction has started on a $11.5 million multi-purpose aged-care facility in Kununurra. The building's would-be operator Juniper has also released a concept image of what it will look like.

Pindan Contracting won the contract to build the facility and will have it finished in early 2018.

Pindan has previously built aged- care facilities in regional WA and also worked on Kununurra Renal Hostel.
"The project had created opportunities for local businesses, suppliers and sub-contractors, with more than $2.6 million of trade packages being sourced in Kununurra."
Juniper spokesman

“At its construction peak, the project will directly engage 30 people,” he said.

“All project materials are sourced within Western Australia from both Perth and local regional suppliers.

“We anticipate that greater than 65 per cent of the trade packages’ value will be expended with subcontractors and suppliers within the Kununurra region alone.”

When it is finished, the aged-care facility would operate 24 hours a day and employ 50 staff.

Residential and home-care services would be available for about 70 to 80 older people with 30 licensed beds plus respite beds and 40-plus home care recipients.

Juniper’s current services in Kununurra have nine employees and four volunteers.

Juniper chief executive Vaughan Harding said the new facility would bring much-needed aged-care accommodation into the region.

“Juniper is responding to demand for care services in the East Kimberley and this initiative will go a long way to meet unmet need,” he said.

The project has been co-funded by Juniper and the Federal Government.

A Juniper spokesman said residents would be able to enjoy the outdoors and be protected from the Kimberley’s seasonal elements, thanks to the design of the building.

“This includes large eaves, covered outdoor dining and activity areas, and wide verandas,” he said. “Passive cooling is provided to all bedrooms that have louvres for cross-flow ventilation and the building will have open breezeways at four corners to provide shade and to promote airflow.”

Source: The Kimberly Echo