A NEWS unit complex to provide independent living for people with disabilities was opened today at Beaudesert.
A partnership between Claro Aged Care and Disability Services and Beaudesert's own Robinson projects, each of the five units contains a kitchen, lounge, bedroom and spacious bathroom.
They have been purpose built for wheelchair access, contain user-friendly appliances and also provide accommodation for 24-hour carers.
Builder James Robinson said he was delighted to hand over the keys to the house.
"We have another house, with exactly the same features in Jason Day Drive that will be ready to go in about a week," he said.
On hand for the celebration were staff from Claro including strategy general manager Sam Crinall and accommodation general manager Kristy Simmonds as well as facility manager Femi Adeniyi and team leader Dami Oshodi.
Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause was also in attendance, after having visited the site when the project was announced last year. He said he was impressed with the finished product, the first facility of its kind in Beaudesert.
"It's terrific to see this new accommodation open and ready for locals with mobility issues or other needs that can be supported here," Mr Krause said.
"I previously raised this issue with the government four or five years ago but they weren't interested.
"Well done to everyone involved in the private sector for getting this done. It could serve as a model for future government investment in our area."
Ms Simmonds said with the building work now complete, Claro would recruit tenants for the house.
"We have notified local hospitals, allied health services and disability networks and we are actively recruiting."
Mr Adeniyi said Claro would also be recruiting carers to work at the house on a 24/7 roster.
"We are looking to employ about 10 carers to start with," he said.
"The total number we might require will depend on the level of care people living here will need.
"Applications are still open and we prefer to give the position to Beaudesert locals who can get there fast if someone calls in sick.
"When the second house opens, we are probably looking at 15 to 20 jobs that will be available."