Aged care fa­cil­ity re­ceives cash boost

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

Brunswick River Cot­tages chair­man Ken Hart views the area where eight in­de­pen­dent liv­ing units will be con­structed as part of stage two of the de­vel­op­ment. The long-awaited project re­ceived a boost on July 2 when the State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced $1.5 mil­lion for the project as part of re­gional aged care fund­ing.

AF­TER months in limbo, the Brunswick River Cot­tages have a spark of mo­men­tum with the an­nounce­ment on July 2 of $1.5 mil­lion from the State Gov­ern­ment for the aged ac­com­mo­da­tion project.

Cot­tages chair­man Ken Hart said while he was dis­ap­pointed to not get the full $2.3 mil­lion ap­plied for, he was glad the project now had some cer­tainty go­ing for­ward.

“Re­gard­less of how much we got, we have some cer­tainty so we can move for­ward,” he said.

“For us to get $1.5 (mil­lion), it was prob­a­bly bet­ter than most,” he said.

As the fund­ing is short of the amount ap­plied for, stage 2 was re­vised and will now com­prise eight in­de­pen­dent liv­ing units in­stead of 12, Mr Hart said.

Mr Hart said the com­mit­tee was con­sid­er­ing ap­proach­ing the Har­vey Shire Coun­cil for a self-sup­port­ing loan to com­plete stage 3 the con­struc­tion of lease-for-life units.

He said con­struc­tion was ready to go as soon as the money was se­cured with the de­tailed de­sign work al­ready com­pleted.

“Ten­ants will be able to move in about 12 months af­ter the fund­ing be­comes re­alised,” he said.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan said $13.1 mil­lion in grant money went to projects that demon­strated the need and de­mand to ex­pand the pro­vi­sion of aged ac­com­mo­da­tion in com­mu­ni­ties.

Mr Hart said the wait­ing list had been grow­ing ever since the start of the project.

“I think that’s why we’ve been so suc­cess­ful in get­ting so much of that fund­ing pool,” he said.

Har­vey shire pres­i­dent Ta­nia Jack­son said the fund­ing went to a wor­thy project and was the type of ini­tia­tive that needed State sup­port.

“These are the sorts of projects we ab­so­lutely need to re­ceive fur­ther fund­ing to do,” Cr Jack­son said.

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

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