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Durack shares in $40M regional aged care boost

Some senior Australians in the electorate of Durack will benefit from significant upgrades to four local residential aged care homes, thanks to $40 million in grants from the Federal Government.

The funding will enable extensions, refurbishments and improvements at the residential homes, under the Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grants scheme.

Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said the funding is part of the Government’s $5 billion aged care funding boost, announced in the 2018-19 Budget.

“This aged care infrastructure funding is dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of aged care services in regional, rural and remote Australia,” Minister Price said.

Local Durack projects funded include:
• The Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia in Carnarvon – $300,820 o Activity hub construction; office and kitchen renovation
• Juniper in Wyndham – $350,031 o Staff accommodation and storage
• Ngangganawili Aboriginal Community Controlled Health and Medical Services in Wiluna – $312,909.40 o Upgrade of staff accommodation
• Yaandina Community Services in Roebourne – $341,713.86 o Install solar system, cooling system and upgrade CCTV

Minister Price said our Government shares this strong commitment to regional, rural and remote Australia and understands that local aged care services face challenges their capital city counterparts do not.

“These upgrades will boost the productivity and sustainability of local aged care services, which play a critical role in our communities.” Minister Price said the aged care sector would receive a further boost through the residential aged care capital grants through the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) expected to be announced by April 2019.

“Thanks to our strong economic record, our Government has also just announced $101.9 million to lift the annual Viability Supplement paid to eligible regional aged care providers by 30 per cent,” she said.

“I thank all the organisations that submitted applications and look forward to seeing the benefits of this funding for our aged care services, senior Australians and communities in country Australia.”

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