Fraser Shores Retirement Villages to be sold

HERVEY Bay's Fraser Shores Retirement Villages will be sold to not-for-profit service provider Blue Care, it has been announced.

Former owners David and Anita Torrisi said Blue Care would be able to deliver on their vision for providing more services on-site and offer further support to residents of the community.

The two villages - Fraser Shores 1 and Fraser Shores 2 - in Nissen St, Urraween, house more than 600 people.

Mr Torrisi said he and his wife felt they had achieved what they set out to do with the creation of the retirement villages.

"This has been our life's work, and we are proud of what we have achieved for the community," Mr Torrisi said.

"From canefields to this - a beautiful village with everything residents need close by, including a shopping centre and the newly built St Stephens' Private Hospital - Queensland's first fully digital hospital owned and operated by UnitingCare Health, a sister organisation to Blue Care.

"With this village, and the one we built in Bundaberg previously, my wife and I feel that we have achieved what we set out to do."

Mr Torrisi said a smooth transition of operations was important to himself and his wife and Blue Care.

Blue Care executive director Robyn Batten said the purchase was significant and strategically important for Blue Care as it moved to strengthen its presence throughout regional Queensland.

"Blue Care is committed to providing quality retirement living, residential, and community care services in local and regional communities," Ms Batten said.

She said the organisation had more than 40 years of history delivering services in Hervey Bay.

"Our plan for the future is to consolidate our services in Hervey Bay, and the undeveloped land at Fraser Shores gives us the opportunity to do that, as well as provide additional services on-site," she said.

"We plan to build a new residential aged-care facility on the vacant land, along with a wellness centre to offer a choice of health, lifestyle and re-ablement options."

She said minimising the impact of the change on residents was a priority.

"We are offering Fraser Shores' staff equivalent positions with Blue Care, which will further ease that transition," Ms Batten said.

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