|Philp Lighton Architects' plan for the Corumbene Care|
development at Willow Court. Click image to enlarge.
Speaking on ABC radio, Corumbene Care's Damien Jacobs said the organisation saw itself as a facilitator, not a developer.
In an interview the day after Corumbene's plans were made public last week, Mr Jacobs said Corumbene had been focused on aged care for more than 50 years but it was starting to notice gaps in service provision in the wider community.
"We're extending as a community organisation, so not just over-65 programs, it's more about health and wellbeing for the community, allied health and other services that we feel that we can fill the gaps," Mr Jacobs said.
Mr Jacobs said Corumbene planned to offer a range of health and wellbeing services from the pair of two-storey red brick buildings - known as Derwent and Esperance houses - on The Avenue at Willow Court, adjacent to the Woolworths supermarket. "We are only looking at a portion of that building to start with, but then it would be a staged process looking at low cost accommodation, possibly child care. [We are] looking at some other state services that could be delivered on the site as well."
|Corumbene Care proposes to convert Willow Court's Esperance,|
left, and Derwent buildings into a health and wellbeing centre.
He said the site in question had been in private ownership but was now in liquidation. "There's a legal process behind that, that's extended and protracted the process for acquiring it," he said. "We've taken a long term strategy and a leap of faith I suppose in being able to acquire the site. So we've stumped up the funds to put in the development [application]. We would have acquired it probably [in the] middle of last year had not there been this extended legal process but we believe we're getting pretty close to the end of that now."
The development application documents can be read in the public notices section of the Derwent Valley Council website.