SENIOR residents in Cowra and Parkes will benefit from more than $280,000 in aged care funding, The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said. 

The news comes on top of the more than $900,000 in funding announced last month for aged care centres in Coolamon, Junee and Temora and brings the total amount of the Federal Government’s Aged Care Region, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grant scheme to $1,195,389 in the Riverina electorate. 

Mr McCormack made the announcement at the Cowra Retirement Village which received $246,555 towards a bathroom refurbishment. 

The Rosedurnate Aged Care facility in Parkes has received $40,000 towards installing security cameras in the facility to support both internal and external monitoring of the facility. 

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 the Cowra and Parkes communities,” 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 Liberals 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.

Ken Grimson