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Opening of Snowy River Hostel extensions.

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Joint Media Release

The Hon Julie Bishop MP Minister for Ageing

Mr Gary Nairn MP Member for Eden-Monaro

9 July 2004 JB114/04

Opening of Snowy River Hostel extensions

Older Australians in the Snowy River Region will benefit from extensions to the Snowy River Hostel opened today by the Federal Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, and the Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn.

Ms Bishop and Mr Nairn also presented the Snowy River Shire Council with a cheque for $31,500 for building works.

“This funding, which represents $3,500 per resident of the Snowy River Hostel, is part of more than $513 million allocated to aged care providers in a one-off payment to help them improve safety standards in aged care homes. The funding is part of the Australian Government’s $2.2 billion record funding package, Investing in Australia’s Aged Care: More Places, Better Care,” Ms Bishop said.

“Snowy River Shire Council will be able to use the funding to improve building standards and fire safety in the home, which will help ensure residents continue to receive high quality care in an appropriate and safe environment,” Ms Bishop said.

“This comes on top of an Australian Government grant of $348,000 to the hostel in 2002 to upgrade fire safety standards.”

The extensions include four new low-care units and two additional common areas, meaning the hostel can now cater for 14 low-care residents.

“I am very pleased to open these new extensions and see the quality aged care which is being offered to older Australians in the Snowy Region,” Mr Nairn said.

“My congratulations also go to the Hostel Support Group, which has helped to raise funds for the extension - yet another shining example of the great Snowy community spirit.

“The funding provided by the Australian Government to put these new beds in place and to ensure high fire safety and building standards underlines our continuing commitment to the local area.”

The $2.2 billion Investing in Australia’s Aged Care: More Places, Better Care package represents the biggest investment in aged care ever undertaken by an Australian Government. The Government will provide $30 billion for aged care services over the next four years, bringing to $67 billion the amount allocated to aged care between 1996 and 2008.

Media contacts: Rachael Thompson (Ms Bishop) 0417 265 289 Todd Loydell (Mr Nairn) 0401 016 243 or 0429 123 692 (CDMA)