Aged care home planned for historic ACT site

A new 118-bed aged care facility looks to be on the way for the ACT’s historic Gold Creek Homestead, with Lendlease lodging a development application for the site.

45 independent living units will accompany the three-storey aged care facility, which will also include specialised dementia and respite care beds.

Nathan Cockerill, Managing Director of Lendlease Retirement Living, told the Canberra Times that part of the original Homestead will need to be demolished for the development, though the rest of the building along with the stone kitchen and slab hut will be restored and repurposed.

“We want to create an intergenerational site at Gold Creek Homestead that is sustainable, inclusive and builds on our existing connection with the local community.

“Our intention is also to retain, restore and activate elements of the original Gold Creek Homestead and ensure the design of the precinct respects its rich heritage,” he said.

Lendlease won a contract with the ACT Government last year to revitalise the site, and if the application is approved, construction will begin this year for a 2024 opening date.

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Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

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Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

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