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$470,000 grant will enable Indigenous aged care facility to be established in Coffs Harbour.



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Media Contact: Greg Pierce 02 66 52 62 33 0408 532 785 Email:greg.pierce@aph.gov.au Canberra: 62 77 4447

Luke Hartsuyker Mark Vaile Federal Member for Cowper Deputy Prime Minister

Leader of The Nationals

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

November 6, 2007

$470,000 grant will enable indigenous aged care facility to be established in Coffs Harbour

An aged care facility which focuses on providing services to the indigenous community will be established in Coffs Harbour following the announcement of a $470,000 grant.

The funding for the Yarrawarra Aged Care facility at Moonee, north of Coffs Harbour, was announced today during a visit to the Cowper electorate by Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of The Nationals, Mark Vaile.

The Nationals Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, said Yarrawarra Aged Care Limited will receive $470,525 for its Multipurpose Indigenous Aged Care Centre project which will be home to 15 Aboriginal elders and their carers.

Mr Hartsuyker said the funds will be used to upgrade infrastructure and convert a motel into a permanent group home setting.

The motel site on the Pacific Highway at Moonee requires several major infrastructure upgrades;

• Design and construction of road access • Wheelchair access to bathrooms in nine units • Supply and installation of hot water system • Supply and installation of air-conditioning to all rooms • Upgrade of waste disposal system • Purchase of white goods and computers

“When the upgrade is complete, the new Multipurpose Indigenous Aged Care Centre will provide respite care for Aboriginal elders and their carers, day care activity for on-site clients and those in the general indigenous community and supported living accommodation for clients who seek self care accommodation with minimal assistance,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The centre will also address unemployment issues for indigenous people by providing training and education programs through a partnership with North Coast Institute of TAFE and the Enterprise Training Company.”

The project will progress in three stages; the purchase of the site, the site upgrade and finally the addition of self-care accommodation, with today’s announcement of funding being directed towards stage two.

Mr Vaile said the funding would be provided out of the Sustainable Regions Programme.

“The Northern Rivers and North Coast NSW Sustainable Region was announced as a 2004 election commitment and was allocated up to $12 million until 30 June 2009 to support projects providing long-term strategic benefits to the community,” Mr Vaile said.

“The Sustainable Regions programme helps regional communities address priority issues they have been identified.

“The programme offers a planned, integrated approach to regions facing economic, social and environmental change. Assistance under the programme is being provided to 10 designated regions across Australia.”

Mr Hartsuyker said during the renovation stage, 60 construction jobs will be created with 25 full-time jobs created by 2009.

“Today’s announcement of Sustainable Regions funding is in addition to the funding announcement made by Mr Hartsuyker last month after an inspection of the site,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

In September, Mr Hartsuyker announced 10 Community Aged Care Packages (CACP) and a $42,500 capital grant had been awarded to Yarrawarra Aged Care Limited.

“Today’s announcement compliments last month’s announcement by securing money for upgrading the buildings at the Moonee Motel site.

“It is a well rounded project, providing full-time care to Indigenous elders, the wider indigenous community and even young people through the employment initiatives planned for it,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Currently, Indigenous elders looking for respite need to travel to Tweed Heads.

“This facility will provide culturally appropriate aged care for the indigenous population right here in our region and shows the Coalition Government’s commitment to the welfare of this country’s senior citizens,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

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Media Contact: Greg Pierce 02 66 52 62 33. Mobile 0408 532 785 Email: greg.pierce@aph.gov.au Canberra: 6277 4447