Min­is­ter eyes land sign-off for care home

Geraldton Guardian - - News -

Plans to ex­pand Ger­ald­ton’s Ju­niper Hill­crest Aged Care fa­cil­ity are one step closer af­ter WA Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook said he would be likely to sup­port the trans­fer of a small patch of Gov­ern­ment-owned rem­nant land for the project.

Ger­ald­ton MLA Ian Blayney said he raised the idea with the new La­bor Gov­ern­ment af­ter the last State elec­tion, with the min­is­ter re­cently in­di­cat­ing his sup­port.

He said he had also raised the idea with the pre­vi­ous Gov­ern­ment, which promised the land grant would go ahead if it won the elec­tion. Mr Blayney wel­comed the news. “I am pleased that rep­re­sen­ta­tion has re­ceived pos­i­tive con­sid­er­a­tion by Min­is­ter Cook and should the land be deemed sur­plus to re­quire­ments for the Depart­ment (of Train­ing and Work­force De­vel­op­ment), he has in­di­cated his sup­port for the land trans­fer to Hill­crest to pro­ceed,” Mr Blayney said.

“The ad­e­quate pro­vi­sion of res­i­den­tial aged care is of great im­por­tance to the peo­ple of Ger­ald­ton and also those from the sur­round­ing Mid West and Gas­coyne re­gions.

“It is the hope of everyone that the tran­si­tion of our el­derly rel­a­tives from in­de­pen­dent liv­ing to low, then high, res­i­den­tial care takes place eas­ily when it’s re­quired.

“Wait­ing for care places to be­come avail­able for loved ones is stress­ful and wor­ry­ing for fam­i­lies.

“This planned ex­pan­sion will re­duce that pres­sure.”

The small piece of land al­lo­cated for the po­ten­tial ex­pan­sion is owned by the State Gov­ern­ment, with a man­age­ment or­der in favour of the WA Depart­ment of Train­ing and Work­place De­vel­op­ment.

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