$2.6m for aged care project

Great Southern Herald - - News - Saskia Adysti

A stalled aged care project in the Great South­ern re­gion is ex­pected to go ahead af­ter $2.6 mil­lion in fund­ing was con­firmed by the State Gov­ern­ment.

The Great South­ern Hous­ing Ini­tia­tive project had been in limbo since Au­gust 2017, when it re­ceived $10 mil­lion in Fed­eral fund­ing while the State Gov­ern­ment held off.

How­ever, on June 29, Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan an­nounced the project would in­deed get State sup­port.

Ms MacTier­nan said the project was never go­ing to be de­funded.

“Prior to the pub­lic an­nounce­ment, we have been talk­ing to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and mak­ing it clear that this is the de­ci­sion that we’ll be mak­ing, so there was never any risk for them to lose funds,” she said. “The older pop­u­la­tion are a valu­able part of our com­mu­ni­ties es­sen­tial to the so­cial and eco­nomic fab­ric of the re­gions.”

The GSHI project is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Shires to build units for se­niors and re­gional work­ers in Broome­hill-Tam­bellup, Cran­brook, Katan­ning, Kojonup, Plan­ta­genet and Brem­mer Bay.

The State Gov­ern­ment also an­nounced $160,000 would be al­lo­cated to de­vel­op­ing busi­ness cases for sim­i­lar ac­com­mo­da­tion in Nar­ro­gin, Cuballing, Kon­dinin and Wick­epin.

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