THE first bricks have been laid to address Timboon’s shortage of retirement accommodation.
After more than four years of community fund-raising, the Timboon Abbeyfield Project has at last begun work on several units in the township.
Committee chairman Peter Pope said the non-profit group ultimately hoped to build seven units on the site, including as part of renovations to the main building.
“At this stage it’s two, two-bedroom self-contained units that are being built,” Mr Pope said.
“We’re doing the two at the moment because that’s all we’ve got money for. It depends on the support we get from the community.”
The community appeal has raised more than $750,000 but needs to top $1 million. The new units are expected to finished in the next four months with residents able to move in by August.
Mr Pope said the volunteers helped support residents in the units.
“We lose our young students to the universities but we are determined to keep our senior citizens,” he said.
The committee was planning stage two of the project, to include a 10-room low-care facility to be named Timboon House.