Community service boost for Jundah and Blackall
Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop and the Federal Member for Marona, Bruce Scott officially have officially opened the new $3.5 million purpose-built McLean Place residential care facility at the Barcoo Living complex, a Multipurpose Service.
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The Hon Julie Bishop MP
Minister for Ageing
The Hon Bruce Scott MP
Federal Member for Marona
6 June 2005
Blackall and Jundah residents will benefit from the opening of two new services this week by the Federal Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, and the Federal Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott.
During a visit to the electorate of Maranoa Ms Bishop and Mr Scott officially opened the new $3.5 million purpose-built McLean Place residential care facility at the Barcoo Living complex, a Multipurpose Service.
Multipurpose Services are funded jointly by the Australian Government and State governments to provide flexible and integrated health and aged care services for small rural communities which cannot support stand-alone services.
The Australian Government will fund 10 high care, nine low care and six community aged care places, which provide the equivalent of low level aged care services delivered to people in their own homes, at Barcoo Living, totalling $1.87 million over three years.
“The addition of this high care residential facility means that Barcoo Living can provide local residents with the individual services and care they need in their local community,” Ms Bishop said.
Ms Bishop and Mr Scott also officially opened the Jundah Rural Transaction Centre, which received $122,000 from the Australian Government.
Mr Scott said the Jundah RTC was a partnership between the Australian Government, the Barcoo Shire Council and the Jundah Community.
“The Jundah Rural Transaction Centre will provide local residents with a range of new and better services, including a Post Office, Internet centre, library, meeting and consultation rooms, gift shop and visitor information centre,” Mr Scott said.
“I congratulate the people of Barcoo and Jundah for their efforts to ensure we can not only retain important community services, but also expand them, giving people the chance to remain in our community, and supporting local businesses.
“McLean Place and the Jundah RTC demonstrates how the partnership between the Australian Government and local communities is working to provide residents in Maranoa with the comprehensive range of services they need and deserve, here in our local area,” he said.
Media contacts: Rachael Thompson (Ms Bishop) 0417 265 289
Monica McCabe (Mr Scott) 0427 743 126
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