News / Community / Business / Sport / Featured / 4th February 2021
Construction underway at Cooinda
After a four year wait, construction for the Cooinda Coonabarabran redevelopment has begun.
The funding was initially granted by the Commonwealth Government in 2016, but construction was delayed due to red tape.
The facility was also forced to upgrade its water system.
Cooinda operations manager, David Cholson said payment of the water system was enabled through another grant set aside for improvement to the hostel and did not reduce the $3.8 million ACAR grant that is being used for the $8 million nursing home project.
"It was determined that the town water pressure coming from council mains water supply was insufficient for the effective operation of a fire suppression system in aged care," Mr Cholson said.
"So we had to install our own water storage tanks and a pump house to ensure that the required pressure was being met - at a cost of $500,000.
“That was stage one and now that is complete, we have started on stage two.”
During the second stage of development, 25 new ensuite residential care rooms will built.
Mr Cholson said currently there were some residents who had shared amenities and some that shared rooms.
The new upgrade means that will no longer be the case.
“Each person will have their own room along with their own ensuite and the benefits that come along with that, including new furniture,” he said.
“The residents are certainly looking forward to being part of a much newer, upgraded facility.
“It will provide them with more options and opportunities.”
Staff will also benefit from the works, with some of the old residential space converted into offices, storage, training rooms and a new reception area.
Other improvements in the build include enlarged living areas and an extension and upgrade to the existing lounge and dining room.
Stage two of the refurbishment is due to be complete in July, with stage three scheduled to finish sometime in October or November.
“Cooinda has been here for over 45 years, so it is important to keep renewing and refurbishing so the facility remains relevant to community expectations,” Mr Cholson said.