On the 9 November 2016, the McMullin Property team, in partnership with Heritage Care hosted a Ground Breaking Ceremony for an exciting new development that is starting within Northpoint Enterprise Park: Epping Gardens Aged Care.
Located in Willandra Drive Epping, Epping Gardens is a 148 bed aged care development to be owned and operated by Heritage Care.
This development further enhances Northpoint Enterprise Park’s Health and Community Precinct, which already incorporates the Epping Medical Centre and Eclipse Child Care Centre, who are both close neighbours to the aged care project. The bustling Northern Hospital is also just a stone’s throw away from this exciting new Development.
The Ground Breaking Ceremony was well attended by local industry stakeholders and the wider health care community, all eager to see what Heritage Care has in store for the Development and the needs of the local elderly community. Heritage Care Executive Chairman George Gabriel was on hand to take part in the Ceremony, and had this to say of the momentous occasion;
“The location of Epping Gardens is not an accident. Firstly, we have deliberately selected Epping due to its high population growth outlook. Secondly, we have deliberately selected Willandra Drive Epping because of its strategic location within a medical care precinct – close to both Northern Hospital and Tristar Medical Group, plus the added benefit of a nearby child care centre.
The synergies and potential benefits are substantial as Epping Gardens works with local community service providers.”
George went on to talk about the need for aged care services for our increasingly ageing population;
“The challenge is that longer life expectancy is bringing increased demand for health care services in old age. Over the next 40 years, it is estimated that there will be approx 2 million Australians over 85 years old, compared to less than 500 thousand today.
This ageing population is driving demand for residential aged care and is leading to an expected shortfall of 70,000 residential aged care places by 2022.”
After further comments by McMullin Property Executive Director Trevor Gorman, Councillor Mary Lalios had the honour of ‘turning the first sod’, and in doing so marking the Developments official commencement.
How the project impacts on the local community
The project is expected to be complete by mid-2018. In addition to providing care to 148 elderly citizens from the Shire of Whittlesea and surrounds, the project will provide a huge boost to local employment with in excess of 350 workers to be employed on & off site during Construction. Once construction is complete and Epping Gardens opens it doors, there will be a further 200 full time jobs created to run the home.
From L to R: Trevor Gorman, Executive Director McMullin Property; Cr Mary Lalios, The City of Whittlesea; George Gabriel, Executive Chairman, Heritage Care