SENIOR residents in Junee, Coolamon, and Temora will benefit from more than $900,000 in aged care funding, Federal Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has announced.

Mr McCormack made the announcement at Junee’s Cooinda Court which received $300,000 towards refurbishing resident bathrooms and bedrooms and upgrade lighting to be more energy efficient.

Allawah Lodge in Coolamon was granted $497,135 towards upgrading its kitchen and laundry facilities as well as installing a fence and refurbishing its courtyard and sunroom.

The Whiddon Group’s Temora Aged Care Facility has received $111,699 towards a solar system and battery storage installation.

Mr McCormack said he was delighted to deliver the significant funding injection to the local aged care facilities through the Liberal and Nationals’ Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grant scheme.

“This is fantastic news for Junee, Coolamon, Temora and indeed the wider community,” Mr McCormack said.

“As our population ages we must meet the increasing demands on the aged care sector.

“We can meet these demands through strong economic management which only the Liberal and Nationals in Government can deliver.”

The Government announced the $40 million Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grants scheme in the 2018-19 Budget as part of a broader $5 billion commitment to aged care across the nation, particularly in rural, regional and remote Australia.

Today’s announcement comes on top of a further boost to the aged care sector through the residential aged care capital grants through the Aged Care Approvals (ACAR), expected to be announced by April 2019.

Shane Manning