25th January 2019
Photo 1: Residential Care Manager Kath Freihaut with Local Federal MP Dr David Gillespie.
Left to Right: MidCoast Council GM Adrian Panuccio, Kristie Ellis, Christine Ellis, Leah McInnes from Mid Coast Assist and Dr David Gillespie MP
Three local aged care services have been successful in securing additional Federal funding under the Federal Coalition Government’s $40 million Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grants scheme.
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie today announced Anglican Care Bulahdelah ($193,550.00), Anglican Care Booragul Cundletown ($389,536.00) and MidCoast Assist in Forster ($214,372.70) would share in additional Federal funding for aged care services in the electorate of $797,458.
“This funding will enable extensions, refurbishments and improvements at these local aged care services here in the Manning and Great Lakes,” Dr Gillespie said.
“In Bulahdelah and Cundletown, Anglican Care will use the funds towards solar panel installation, battery pack installation and a lighting upgrade.
“In Forster, MidCoast Assist will undertake amendments to the layout, improvements to access ad provision of learning and meeting spaces for direct care staff.”
“This funding is part of our 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.”
“The Nationals in government shares this strong commitment to regional, rural and remote Australia and we understand that local aged care services face challenges our 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.”
Dr Gillespie 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,” Dr Gillespie 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.”