Aged hous­ing money pulled from bud­get

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER/NEWS - Michael Philipps

SOUTH West Na­tion­als MLC Colin Holt has con­demned the La­bor Gov­ern­ment for fail­ing to guar­an­tee pre­vi­ously al­lo­cated fund­ing for an in­de­pen­dent liv­ing hous­ing project for the aged in Brunswick Junc­tion.

Un­der the pre­vi­ous Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment, the project was granted $2.3 mil­lion from Roy­al­ties for Re­gions to fund the project but in the 2017 State Bud­get the money had dis­ap­peared.

Mr Holt said de­mand for aged care fa­cil­i­ties was in­creas­ing but with­out hous­ing op­tions, older peo­ple would be forced to leave their com­mu­ni­ties.

“The Na­tion­als de­liv­ered un­prece­dented in­vest­ment into aged care and in­de­pen­dent liv­ing while in gov­ern­ment,” he said.

Min­is­ter for Re­gional Devel­op­ment Alan­nah MacTier­nan said many of the Roy­al­ties for Re­gions-funded aged ac­com­mo­da­tion projects were funded in the last months of the for­mer gov­ern­ment and were ef­fec­tively elec­tion prom­ises.

“We will be un­der­tak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant review of aged ac­com­mo­da­tion projects right across re­gional WA,” she said.

“We have al­lo­cated $22.7 mil­lion for a new aged ac­com­mo­da­tion pro­gram in our bud­get – this project needs to be a rea­son­able ask on tax­pay­ers in the cur­rent chal­leng­ing fi­nan­cial en­vi­ron­ment.

“We will be ex­plor­ing more cost-ef­fec­tive con­struc­tion tech­niques and more sus­tain­able fund­ing mod­els for th­ese projects.

“We ex­pect to have the new scheme up and run­ning early next year and those who did not re­ceive fund­ing in our re­cent bud­get can ap­ply un­der this pro­gram.”

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