Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey has announced the Grey electorate has won more than $3.5m from a national pool of $40m to support regional and remote aged care.
“Facilities in Port Pirie, Port Lincoln, Port Augusta, Booleroo Centre, the APY Lands and across the Yorke Peninsula will benefit from this funding allocation.”
“This is an outstanding result and reinforces the very strong understanding the Minister for Aging Ken Wyatt has of the challenges facing regional aged care providers,” Mr Ramsey said.
Mount View Home, Booleroo; Nerrilda Home and Ramsey Village, Port Augusta; The Village, Maitland; Elanora, Stansbury; Barunga Village, Port Broughton; EP Old Folks Home, Port Lincoln; Aboriginal Elders & Community Care Services, Mimili; and Lealholme, Port Pirie; will receive funding between $73,000 and $500,000.
“These funds will be used for various upgrades to kitchen and laundry facilities, paving, back up generators and a number of other areas of need. They will boost the productivity and sustainability of local aged care services, which play a critical role in our communities.”
“The allocations across the electorate are a very strong result and indicate the large number of meetings I have had with the minister regarding the challenges of providing quality aged care in the regions have had a substantial effect and I thank him for his support,” he said.
The Aged Care Infrastructure funding is dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of aged care services in regional, rural and remote Australia.”
Mr Ramsey said the regional aged care sector would receive a further boost through the residential aged care capital grants in the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) expected to be announced by April 2019.
“Thanks to our strong economic record, the Federal Government has also just announced $101.9 million to lift the annual Viability Supplement paid to eligible regional aged care providers by 30 per cent,” he said. “We can only afford to keep ploughing extra money back into the system if we keep the economy strong and vibrant.”