Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee has today announced that Lithgow Aged Care has been successful in securing 73 new residential aged care places through the Coalition Government’s 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round.
Mr Gee said that in addition to the 73 places, Lithgow Aged Care is also receiving a capital infrastructure grant of $3.5 million to fund the expansion, taking the total package to just under $8.3 million.
“This is terrific news for the Lithgow area. The community has been fighting for these aged care beds for years. They’ve had two applications in years gone by knocked back and they couldn’t get it over the line. The Lithgow community has been absolutely united and today it’s finally been delivered to them,” Mr Gee said.
“Aged care is so important for our country communities. If our older population can’t stay in our communities that they love, they will simply move away. It’s very important that they’re able to stay in and around their support networks and that’s another reason why this announcement today is just so welcome.”
Mr Gee said today’s announcement was the result of lobbying by the community and in particular, Lithgow Aged Care visiting Canberra to meet directly with Federal Minister for Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP.
“Australians want greater choice and control over the care they receive and these changes do exactly that. I’m just absolutely delighted,” Mr Gee added.
Information about the 2016−17 Aged Care Approvals Round outcomes, including details of the successful approved providers, is available on the https://agedcare.health.gov.au/2016-17acar/results.