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More aged care beds and jobs for Blackall, Queensland.



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THE HON JUSTINE ELLIOT MP

Minister for Ageing

CHRIS TREVOR MP

Member for Flynn

MEDIA RELEASE

22 July 2009

More Aged Care Beds and Jobs for Blackall, Queensland

Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot and Member for Flynn, Chris Trevor MP, officially opened the $2.2 million extension to McLean Place aged care facility in Blackall in Queensland’s central west today.

The extension provides a new wing and 10 additional rooms at the facility which is part of the Barcoo Living Multipurpose Service (MPS) run by the Churches of Christ.

Construction activities provided jobs for eight workers for 40 weeks and the Multipurpose Service now employs an additional six permanent employees bringing the total number of staff to 34.

Minister Elliot said: “Australians now have the longest life expectancy in the English-speaking world. This is about preparing to meet the challenges of our ageing population,” she said.

“We want to ensure that we have the aged care places ready when people need to leave their homes and enter aged care,” Minister Elliot said.

The Rudd Government provided a capital grant of $550,000 (inc GST) towards the new extension for McLean Place.

This extension will enable Barcoo Living MPS to accommodate 10 additional people. Barcoo Living MPS has 15 flexible high-care places, 14 flexible low-care places and nine flexible community care packages.

Local Federal Member Chris Trevor said “The McLean Place facility delivers a vital option for our older people in Blackall and surrounding districts. I’ve always said that country folk deserve the same respect as city folk and providing this option for older residents to stay in their local community, close to their family and friends, is very important.

“The flexibility of this multipurpose service is an essential asset for the Blackall community and this recent Federal grant is part of my Government’s commitment to improve health services in the bush. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in this project as well as the many staff and volunteers who make things happen here on a daily basis,” Mr Trevor said.

“This is an exciting development for the Flynn community and one that will continue to provide more local jobs and aged care beds for the local community,” Mr Trevor said.

Aged care and other health services to the Blackall community provided by the Barcoo Living MPS include residential care, community care, respite care and Home and Community Care services including Meals on Wheels.

Media Contacts: For more information, contact Mrs Elliot's office on (02) 6277 7280 or Chris Trevor’s Office: Kyal Butler 0439 744 949