Joint Media Release
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister for Aged Care
Minister for Indigenous Health
Member for Hasluck
Kevin Hogan MP
Member for Page
9 April 2018
Local seniors and Clarence Valley communities will benefit from the construction of a new 144-bed residential aged care home and subsequent significant job creation in Grafton.
Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, and the Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, today visited the site where Signature Care Pty Ltd will build the new facility, after securing $9.36 million in annual funding to support running costs.
“The Turnbull Government’s commitment has been the springboard for a significant investment that will ensure more local seniors have access to high-quality, higher-level aged care services,” Minister Wyatt said.
“Aged care facilities in regional centres like Grafton are vital to help ensure senior Australians can stay close to their families and friends and the communities they have built their lives around.”
Grafton was identified as having a high need for additional residential places in the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round, with funding committed to Signature Care for the operation of 108 general access beds and the 36 dementia priority access beds.
Mr Hogan said the investment would create almost 170 permanent new full time and part time operational positions, plus extra employment in aged care support services.
“These jobs are in addition to those that will be supported during the construction phase,” Mr Hogan said.
“Signature Care estimates the new aged care facility will contribute almost $8 million a year to the local economy.
“We will not only have a wonderful new facility for Grafton’s senior residents, it is great news for long-term local employment, with aged care one of the nation’s fastest growing employment sectors.”
Minister Wyatt encouraged people in the Clarence Valley to consider career options in aged care, with the Productivity Commission estimating Australia will need almost one million aged care staff by 2050.
“There are rapidly developing and exciting opportunities,” the Minister said.
“From nursing and professional care, to horticulture, catering, management, IT and robotics, it’s time for both younger and older workers to realise the growing career potential in the aged care sector.”
In 2016-17 the Turnbull Government invested more than $124 million in recurrent annual funding for aged care services in the electorate of Page, including over $97 million for residential care.
Minister Wyatt - Nick Way 0419 835 449
Kevin Hogan – Peter Weekes 0428 173 114