By Ian Beeck | posted on October 3, 2019
ALBANY’S newest residential aged care home Juniper Korumup opened to fanfare last week with construction of the building costing $30 million and slated to employ up to 120 people.
Twenty-nine local companies were engaged into the project with Juniper CEO Chris Hall saying about $2 million had been injected into the local economy.
The project has already taken out several 2019 Master Builder Association WA Awards: best regional project; best aged care building ($20 million – $50 million); excellence in brick and block paving; site manager of the year and the silver trowel award.
Mr Hall said the care and accommodation needs of the Great Southern region’s ageing population were being met with contemporary services in an excellent state-of-the-art care home.
“Family members should not feel compelled to find accommodation for their loved ones further afield – residents can enjoy the most modern services available and live life in comfort in the community they love,” he said.
“Juniper Korumup is bringing enormous benefits to the community through the construction and operation of the building, through to employment and rewarding career opportunities in the aged care sector.”
Mr Hall said Juniper’s investment in the community has been significant and will continue as the organisation looks to the future needs of Albany City and the wider region.
“More than $30 million has been expended by Juniper to construct and commission Juniper Korumup and with 80 percent local supply, around $2 million has been injected into the local economy,” he said.
“At maximum capacity the new service will employ about 120 new roles comprising skilled nursing, care and allied health workers, as well as management and support staff.”
As part of the organisation’s goal to be the preferred employer and provider of choice in aged care, Juniper has invested in upskilling its employees, with a strong focus on training and development for its workforce.
The 100-bed service is part of the more than 350 aged care places Juniper is bringing to seniors across the state, giving the organisation one of the largest aged care foot- prints in the nation.
Juniper Korumup (Menang for Boronia) was officially opened by Juniper Board Chair Fred Boshart and the building was dedicated by Uniting Church WA Moderator Rev Steve Francis.