Work is underway on the fifth independent living unit at Aberlea Timboon and potential residents are already lining up to move in according to chief executive officer Deb Rantall.
Mrs Rantall met with contractors onsite on Monday where site preparation has begun in readiness for the build and demolition of part of the original Timboon House.
“The current project not only includes the fifth independent living unit, but also construction and development of a communal area for the residents and an alfresco barbecue and entertainment area they can enjoy with each other and their families,” she said.
“It’s another existing phase in this wonderful project, which has been made possible by a lot of hard work and fundraising by the Timboon and district community.
“I’m pleased to report also that once this project is completed, work will start pretty much immediately on unit 6 – the last as part of the original vision for this facility.”
Mrs Rantall said she was looking forward to an upcoming get together with residents of the existing four independent living units to garner their views on the communal areas.
“It will be a great opportunity for Aberlea Inc to work with the residents to see how they would like the communal area and alfresco space set up,” she said.
“Aberlea Timboon is their home and it’s really important that these communal facilities provide wonderful social outcomes between themselves, but also with their visiting friends and families,” she said.
“By the time the original vision for Aberlea Timboon is completed, more than $2 million will have been spent to create this wonderful asset for members of the local community.
“It’s a pretty special project that the community can be very proud of – certainly Aberlea Inc as the owner and operator is extremely proud of what is being achieved.
“We’ve already had interest in units five and six and it’s great to see that we are providing a facility that is obviously needed in the local community.”
Mrs Rantall said it had been business as usual for Aberlea Inc in Mortlake and Timboon since the entity of the organisation changed from Abbeyfield on July 1.
“Our name has changed, but that’s it. I’d like to thank Martin Van de Wouw who chairs the Aberlea Timboon committee and also sits on our Aberlea Inc board of directors.
“Martin has brought valuable governance experience to the organisation.”