Aged care push

By EMMA CORNFORD

ecornford@dailyexaminer.com.au

A NEW $9.6million, 64-bed nursing home is planned for the Clarence Valley.

A development application for the Frank Whiddon Masonic Home, which is proposed at Carrs Creek near the Summerland Way, has been submitted to the Clarence Valley Council for approval.

If it is given the go-ahead, the home will be one of 17 Whiddon homes throughout New South Wales. Whiddon is one of the largest non-sectarian providers of aged care in Australia.

Council manager of development services Clem Rhoden welcomes the proposal.

"We've certainly been in discussions with the Frank Whiddon people for several months now and there are no surprises that this has come through. We knew it was coming," Mr Rhoden said.

"It's a big bonus for the city because it will be a state of the art facility and will employ around 30 people. They are already a major employer in the town with another home."

The development application will be on exhibition at the Clarence Valley Council's Grafton office for the next two weeks for public consideration.



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