The first sod has been turned on a $1.8-million revamp at Terang’s Mount View Nursing Home.
Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan visited the Terang & Mortlake Health Service Friday morning.
The three-stage project has started with a three-bedroom extension to the aged care facility.
The second stage will refurbish existing aged care rooms and the work will continue with redevelopment of the hospital’s acute ward north wing.
Mr Riordan said the project would enhance the quality of life for aged care residents and improve the working environment for staff.
“The upgrade is a much needed investment into our local infrastructure that will provide a modern and comfortable setting for aged care residents,” he said.
Terang & Mortlake Health Service finance and administration manager Brendan Williams said Ballarat-based Nicholson Construction had been awarded the capital works tender and all building works were expected to be completed by December.
The Mount View building was last redesigned in 1994 and the hospital north wing hasn’t had any significant upgrade since its opening in 1956.
The aged care facility will continue to offer 15 beds but all will be single rooms with more space for residents.
“It’s as close to a home-living environment as you’re likely to find anywhere,” Mr Williams said.
The redevelopment also includes extended dining, communal lounge and sitting room areas and new north-facing deck area.
The project was funded by $1.1 million in state government grants plus the health service’s capital reserves.
Mr Williams said the health service would look for community support to raise $150,000 to furnish and fit-out the new-look Mount View.
The fund-raising will kick off with the local Murray to Moyne cycle relay team which will be taking part in this year’s 30th anniversary event.
A total fire safety services re-audit and other building compliance requirements had led to a longer than expected process to finalise a building permit.
Mr Williams said the local community was pleased to see the project start.
“There’s a lot of excitement in the community about this project which will benefit the residents of our local communities for decades to come,” he said.