A new 60-bed aged-care unit will form part of the upgraded Bulli Hospital following the Department of Planning and Environment approving a state significant development application.
The approval makes way for the construction of a residential aged-care facility and new facilities for Bulli Hospital, encompassing new buildings that will be interlinked to the 60-bed aged-care inpatient unit and car parking.
Proposed works also include demolition of an existing building and a ground-level carpark.
“The project will deliver modern public health facilities integrated with aged care housing, designed to meet the needs of the region and the ageing population,” said the Department’s Executive Director of Priority Projects, David Gainsford.
“The facilities provide further investment in regional public infrastructure and will create 43 new employment opportunities during the construction and operational stages.”
The proposal was on exhibition for feedback for eight weeks from 8 December 2016 and received sixteen submissions, eight from public authorities and eight submissions from the public.
The key issues raised in submissions related to exceeding height controls and impacts to parking, amenities and risks associated with stormwater management, bushfire and flooding as well as tree removal.
Mr Gainsford said the Department assessed the project and considered the community’s views but was satisfied that the applicant’s response to submissions adequately addressed the key concerns raised and has approved the project, subject to conditions.