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Brief History of GLAICA

The need for aged care support in the community of Forster Tuncurry was recognised in 1976 and a public meeting was organised by the Rotary Club of Tuncurry-Forster at the Forster School of Arts on 13th July 1976. A committee was formed, the name GLAICA (Great Lakes Aged & Invalid Care Association) adopted, fund raising commenced and future plans were all formulated in that year.

In 1983 after considerable efforts by many volunteers, the Federal Government approved a grant for a forty (40) bed Hostel. Though substantial funds had been raised, these together with the Government grant were still not quite sufficient to cover the cost of the Hostel. Great Lakes Council was approached and made a contribution and a loan to enable GLAICA House to be built. On 31st August 1985, the building was officially opened by the then Federal Member, Bruce Cowan.

GLAICA-Lions Village (Forster) was opened by the Lions Club in 1976 and was transferred to GLAICA in 1981. As a “Self Care Facility”, Residents are expected to be able to care for themselves. Originally there were ten (10) units but there have been three (3) separate additions and there are now twenty-five (25) units and a spacious meeting room.

In 2000 GLAICA purchased a large parcel of land adjacent to GLACIA House. This land was acquired for expansion of the current facility and to construct a fourteen (14) unit Self-Care Village now known as GLAICA Gardens.

A Master Plan was developed for the construction of a new sixty (60) bed extension on two (2) levels on the ‘new’ land and the building was completed in December 2004 (Stage 1). Stage 2a comprised of administration area kitchen, hairdressing salon, physiotherapy room, training room and a common area suitable for activities. Stage 2b comprising a two (2) storey building which included a large function area which is the centre for activities, the downstairs opening onto a paved outdoor area, staff area, storeroom and underground car park was opened in October 2006. This section also has two (2) suites available for resident’s family and friends with lift and underground car parking close by. Construction of Stages 3 & 4, a three (3) storey residential accommodation was completed in early 2008 & 2009, bringing the total capacity of GLAICA House to a total capacity of residents to 146.

The Self-Care Village known as GLAICA Gardens, sited on the land referred to above but fronting onto Cassandra Crescent, was completed in early 2003. It comprises 14 x two (2) bedroom units with lock-up garages purpose built for older persons.

In March 2012 the Board, whilst looking to the future needs of Aged Care in the local area, purchased a large parcel of vacant land (approximately 3 hectares) on the corner of Kularoo & Karloo Streets, Forster. A Development Application was approved in October 2013 for the construction of 50 self-care villas, a 146 bed hostel and Clubhouse on the land.

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