First Millstream resident to move in this week

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The first resident in Ashburton’s newest care facility, Radius Millstream, will move in this week.
The 80-bed facility in Hanrahan Street, Allenton, was opened on Friday by Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew, who praised developer Les Briggs for his vision in creating Lochlea village and Radius Millstream.
Mr Briggs said that when the facility was first mooted, it was thought a 40-bed facility would do, but that was soon expanded.
Mr Briggs said the village had grown rapidly, with two homes a month going in and 78 completed.
He said he was pleased to have Radius involved and the facility would be great for Ashburton.
‘‘Our family has benefited a lot from Ashburton, so we are pleased to hand this over to Ashburton.’’
Radius managing director Brian Cree said Radius was founded in 2003 but now looked after 1600 residents in 21 facilities and had 1400 staff.
Radius Millstream will provide rest-home, dementia, hospital, respite and palliative. It had 80 beds, each with full en suite and views to gardens. It would allow people from Ashburton cared for elsewhere to come home.
Several hundred went through the facility on Friday, with Maurice Baker, of the Ashburton RSA, raising the New Zealand flag after Mrs Goodhew had cut the ribbon.
Millstream will employ 80 people.