Shire hopes to use Fed­eral grant to up­grade aged-care fa­cil­ity

Great Southern Herald - - News - Saskia Adysti

Shire of Ko­jonup plans to ap­ply for a $500,000 Fed­eral grant to up­grade its aged care fa­cil­ity will be voted on at the up­com­ing coun­cil meet­ing.

Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Rick Mitchell-Collins said, if suc­cess­ful, the grant would be used to re­fur­bish Spring­haven Lodge kitchen and laun­dry fa­cil­i­ties.

“This op­por­tu­nity doesn’t come along very of­ten so we have to max­imise the po­ten­tial of this grant,” he said.

“The build­ing was built in the 1980s — so the stan­dard and qual­ity of the build­ing has de­te­ri­o­rate over time.

“We’ve up­graded the res­i­den­tial rooms two fi­nan­cial years ago, but other part of the build­ing now need to be ren­o­vated.”

Other im­prove­ments in the lodge will also in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of au­to­matic doors to give res­i­dents eas­ier ac­cess.

The fa­cil­ity’s door­ways will also be up­graded to al­low easy ac­cess for res­i­dents to be wheeled out of their rooms when needed.

Mr Mitchell-Collins said the grant ap­pli­ca­tion would be sub­mit­ted be­fore Oc­to­ber 24.

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