- Royalties for Regions funding to support aged care in WA's southern regions
- Part of State Government's Growing our South initiative
Residents in Western Australia's southern regions will benefit from the State Government's $20.2 million Royalties for Regions investment for residential and respite aged care and older persons' housing.
Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said the investment would address shortfalls identified in the 'Ageing in the Bush' report conducted by the Regional Development Council of Western Australia, and was part of the State Government's Growing our South initiative.
"The State's projections show the population of regional WA aged 70 and over will double in size to 100,000 between 2011 and 2026," Ms Davies said.
"This rate of growth is expected to be significantly higher in our regions than the metropolitan area. Without adequate facilities and services, older people are forced to leave their communities to access the care they need, resulting in significant adverse personal, social and economic outcomes."
The funds will be spent on projects in Narrogin, Harvey, Williams, Dumbleyung, Lake Grace, Wagin, West Arthur, Woodanilling, Kent, Merredin, Kojonup, Mount Barker and Dwellingup.
The Minister said the allocation would address the growth in ageing population in the State's southern regions and provide some relief to those services already under pressure.
"Investment in aged care infrastructure and services is fundamental to the ongoing viability and development of regional WA, and the State Government will continue to invest Royalties for Regions funds in key community projects that enable regions to grow," she said.
The report outlines care models for regional Western Australia to create sustainable aged care services for people to age in their regional communities.
- Royalties for Regions Growing our South initiative is delivering $600 million over five years to implement projects that will provide more sustainable social and economic outcomes across the Peel, Wheatbelt, South-West and Great Southern regions
- For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700
Growing our South - Ageing in the Bush projects
Hocart Lodge, Harvey
Royalties for Regions funding of $3.552 million will contribute in the delivery of 60 high care beds in two 30-bed 'pods', each with two 15-bed wings. One of those wings will contain dedicated dementia beds.
Dementia specific residential construction and reception upgrade, Narrogin
Royalties for Regions funding of $5.137 million will contribute to the construction of a 14-bed dementia specific wing at Narrogin Cottage Homes, Karinya, delivering the only dementia specific designed facility in the Wheatbelt south area and meeting the growing demand for dementia care in the region.
4WDL well aged housing project, Wheatbelt and Great Southern
Royalties for Regions funding of $5.023 million will contribute to the construction of 14 dedicated independent living units (ILUs) across seven local government areas in the Wheatbelt and the Great Southern (Dumbleyung, Wagin, Lake Grace, Williams, West Arthur, Woodanilling, Kent). This is the last stage of a multi-stage project to deliver 45 ILUs across seven shires in the Wheatbelt and Great Southern.
Central Eastern Aged Care Alliance senior housing project (Stage 1), Merredin
The scope of this project is to construct 187 ILUs in 11 shires over six years. Royalties for Regions funding of $2.075 million will contribute in the first stage to assemble and service 54 lots. This will enable the construction of the first tranche of at least 50 houses.
Kojonup independent living units (Stage 2), Kojonup
Royalties for Regions funding of $646,000 will contribute to the construction of an extra three dedicated ILUs for aged people. These units form the second stage of a project to construct six ILUs in Kojonup. The ILUs will allow ageing residents to remain in their community close to family, friends and existing support networks.
Collet Barker Court (Stage 3), Mount Barker
The project will construct 21 high-quality units for independent living at Collet Barker Court, Mount Barker. Royalties for Regions funding of $1.242 million will contribute in the construction of four of the seven units (including external works) within Stage 3 of the project.
Dwellingup Community Village (Stage 2)
Royalties for Regions funding of $2.5 million will contribute to the completion of Stage 2 of the village, which involves the design and construction of seven purpose built universal access dwellings for ageing residents. This project will result in increased housing options for Dwellingup residents as they age.