Living facility for sale with one major catch
THE Whitsunday Regional Council has opened tenders for the sale of the Collinsville Independent Living Facility, but there's one condition potential buyers must meet to sign on the dotted line - that the facility's only permanent resident is allowed to stay.
The living facility was previously known as Hillside Haven Aged Care Facility, which was closed in April 2016 due to compliance issues.
Later that year, council threw a lifeline to the Collinsville community and bought the facility.
It has operated as an independent facility ever since, but Division 5 councillor Mike Brunker said in reality it was more of a motel used by mining companies and for other short-term agreements.
While council resolved to sell the property at today's council meeting, Cr Brunker reassured the community that the facility's only permanent resident would be looked after.
"In the contract it will be written that this guy can stay," he said.
"Everybody knows the history of this particular facility. I think it goes back to the very early '90s late '80s when the first family donated that block of land up there for the purpose of an aged care facility.
"It was built by the mine workers in the town and (with) local contributions from local residents.
"It operated as an aged care facility for all that time.
"Council came to the fore and bought this particular building to do the right thing.
"Unfortunately, it's come to that time now (to sell). This isn't our core business.
"We have one resident and I'm glad that council has put that in the documents that (the) one resident will be looked after.
"That's the person we've got to be responsible for."
The resolution to open tenders for sale was agreed on unanimously.