Construction under way on Japara aged care project
Another publicly-listed aged care provider, Japara has commenced construction on a $30 million aged care facility in the Easy T precinct of Gold Coast’s Robina.
The six-storey facility will accommodate 106 beds across nearly 7000sq m and is anticipated to open in mid-2019.
Japara chief executive officer Andrew Sudholz said the project had been chosen because of its proximity to the Robina CBD.
“The site provided Japara with a rare opportunity to secure a parcel of land in an area of significant demand, with proximity to major infrastructure, such as Robina Town Centre and Robina’s health precinct – including public and private hospitals,” he said.
Japara’s new $30 million facility neighbours the recently sold Easy T Centre, anchored by a Spano’s Supa IGA supermarket and 40 speciality retailers.
The centre was acquired by Clarence Property for $31.6 million in 2006 and sold last month to a Gold Coast-based investor for $35.8 million.
Gold Coast’s billion-dollar aged care boom
Recent data by the Housing Industry of Australia revealed that the Gold Coast’s retirement community will inject $3.5 billion into the city’s economy over the next five years.
ABS figures showed that the number of over-65s living in the Gold Coast jumped 28 per cent between 2011 and 2016.
Meanwhile, a post-Commonwealth Games development pipeline of $30 billion will help meet the Gold Coast’s projected growth, with recent research by Ray White Surfers Paradise and Urbis suggesting that the post-GFC lull was well and truly over.
“As a result of the hiatus in development, we’ve had rental vacancy rate sitting at around one per cent for some time as well as significant pent-up demand for residential land in many areas of the city,” Ray White Surfers Paradise chief executive Andrew Bell said.