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Almost $1.7million to expand Monto's Ridgehaven Retirement complex.

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Monday, 19 December 2005

Older residents in the Monto district have scored well in the latest allocation of aged care funding and places, which were announced at the weekend by Minister for Ageing Julie Bishop. Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said the Ridgehaven Retirement complex had been allocated a capital grant of almost $1.7 million to help expand the facility. “This is a significant investment in Ridgehaven which I know will be greatly appreciated by the local

community,” Mr Neville said. “I’m delighted at this because it’s a struggle for small community-based complexes to meet the high expectations generated by the Government’s modern aged care agenda.” The Bundaberg region has also received an allocation of 25 high care places and 40 low care residential places worth $1.7 million. Of these, 20 high care and 40 low care places have gone to a new service at Carlyle Gardens at Bargara, adding to the 60 places allocated last year to a proposed new facility at Bargara to be run by Blue Care. “Another five high care places have gone to RSL Care’s Fairways facility at North Bundaberg, a top-up on its two previous allocations,” Mr Neville said. “Bundaberg also scored well in a range of home care packages. Ozcare received 15 Community Aged Care Packages worth $179,000, along with 10 Extended Aged Care at Home packages worth $383,000 and 15 Dementia packages worth $675,000.” “This range of home assistance will allow Ozcare to deliver services according to the needs of frailty or dementia and give older locals the opportunity to live out their retirement years in the in the familiarity and safety of their own homes.” “While these allocations have been a great result, there is still work to be done in Gladstone, North Bundaberg and country centres.”

Almost $1.7 Million to Expand Monto’s Ridgehaven Retirement Complex