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Nearly $2.2 million in federal government funds brings new hostel for aged members of the greek community to Fawkner



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Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services Hon. Peter Staples M.P.

29 November 1992

Parliament House, Canberra Phone (06) 277 7220 Fax (06) 273 4146

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NEARLY $2.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUNDS BRINGS NEW HOSTEL FOR AGED MEMBERS OF THE GREEK COMMUNITY TO FAWKNER

The needs of older members of the Greek community took centre stage today at a ceremony in Fawkner to mark the laying of the foundation stone for the St Basils's Hostel for the Aged.

The Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services, Peter Staples, was guest of honour at the ceremony.

"Care which takes account of people's cultural identity is enormously important," Mr Staples said.

"I know this hostel will be a great comfort to older members of the Greek community and their families."

He said the Federal Government would provide a grant of nearly $2.2 million towards the building of the new hostel.

Ongoing Federal Government subsidies will also be paid towards the cost of caring for each of the hostel residents.

"I congratulate the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and the members of the Greek community who have worked so hard to make their dream of better care a reality," Mr Staples said.

He said the hostel would provide care specially tailored to the cultural needs of aged members of the Greek community.

Hostels cater for older people who need help with daily tasks rather than full nursing care.

They provide support to aged people and help them live comfortably and securely in a community which respects independence, dignity, and individuality.

Accommodation is usually a single room with a private en-suite.

Contact: Kate McNamara on (03) 604 8868

CEREMONY TO MARK THE

LAYING OF THE FOUNDATION STONE BY PETER STAPLES

4.00 PM SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER 1992 HOSTEL SITE LOT 288 LORNE STREET FAWKNER __ MELWAY_MAP_REF:_MAP_17_H_5_

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