Senior Units Senior Units

Cook Shire Council is committed to assisting and supporting the well being of its older residents wherever possible.  

Council's Corporate Plan 2012/17 identifies the need to manage and provide to a standard that ensures, at a minimum, legislative compliance and equitable access to aged care housing. 

Endeavour, Coral Sea and May Street Units - Cooktown

Council manages 18 low cost long term rental accommodation units for the aged to provide safe, secure, affordable and accessible accommodation for the most vulnerable people in our community and individuals in greatest need. The units are designed for independent living, consisting of nine one-bedroom duplexes with a communal garden. Six of the 18 units are named "Coral Sea" and prospective tenants are recommended by the Department of Veteran Affairs Cooktown RSL Sub-Branch wait list.
 
All units are single bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, combined lounge, kitchen, laundry and front and rear porches. Council is responsible for all building maintenance, lawns and keeping the properties in good condition and fit for the tenant/resident to live in as per their General Tenancy Agreement.
 
The units operate under provisions of the Queensland Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodatoin Act 2008 and Department of Housing and Public Works (Housing Services).
 
Council does not provide in-home care to the residents and will assist linking tenants to appropriate support services as required, working in close partnership with Cooktown Multi-purpose Health Service and the Home And Community Care team who provide meals on wheels, health services and other services. For more information on these services please call 4043 0188.
 

Eligiblity for Coral Sea, Endeavour and May Street Units

Coral Sea Units

Please contact the Welfare and Pensions Officer, Cooktown RSL Sub Branch, PO Box 843, Cooktown, Qld, 4895 or phone 0488 092 415 to discuss eligibility criteria. The referred applicant is then processed by Cook Shire Council's Selection Committee.

Endeavour Units

To be eligible for the Endeavour Units applicants must meet intake eligibility criteria which include:
  • Must be a current resident of the Cook Shire or able to produce evidence of having lived in the region for a number a years;
  • Must be in receipt of an Australian Aged Pension or aged over 65 years old;
  • Must be able to live independently and care for herself/himself; (a confidential medical report completed by a general practitioner will be required)
  • Queensland Government Application for Housing Assistance completed and supplied to Cook Shire Council
  • Proof of identity
  • The applicant and any intended houshold member cannot own, or party own, property within Australia or overseas, including a residential home including house, flat, townhouse or unit, vacant land, including residential or rural property, a manufactured or transportable home or commercial or industrial property.

May Street Units

  • Queensland Government Application for Housing Assistance completed and supplied to Department of Housing and Public Works - Cooktown Hub for processing
  • Community Housing Applicant Referral report can only be accepted from Cooktown Hub
  • Proof of Identity
  • The applicant and any intended houshold member cannot own, or party own, property within Australia or overseas, including a residential home including house, flat, townhouse or unit, vacant land, including residential or rural property, a manufactured or transportable home or commercial or industrial property.
 
Priority will be given to those applicants who are on low incomes and those individuals in high need. Unfortunately, it is policy that strictly no pets are permitted to be kept at the units.
 
If you wish to apply for a Council unit you must complete an Application for Housing Assistance form.  If your application meets Council's and the Department of Housing and Public Works Social Housing eligibility criteria your name will be placed on a Housing Register waiting list.   Once a suitable vacancy arises, you will be notified in writing. All applications received will be considered by an assessment panel which includes both community members and health professionals.  Council will advise all applicants of the Selection Committee's decision.

For further information

For further enquiries please contact Council's Senior Units Coordinator 4069 5444 or email mail@cook.qld.gov.au