Date published: 
12 March 2020
Media type: 
Media release
General public

The opening of a state-of-the-art facility at Wamuran has marked a new era for senior Australians entering residential care in Queensland’s southeast. 

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Richard Colbeck said the Morrison Government investment of $4 million – and the provision of 80 aged care places – would ensure the new development, Beaumont Care, would offer support to the community for years to come.  

The Wamuran facility consists of four separate homes connected with walkways.

Each home includes single bedrooms with ensuites, community lounge rooms, dining areas and courtyards.

Minister Colbeck said the allocation of places under the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) demonstrated the Government’s commitment to support the sector in Queensland and was an important part of the $5 billion budget boost aimed at better access and higher quality care. 

“The opening of the new facility is timely, with the demand for aged care on the rise across Australia,” Minister Colbeck said.

“The number of Australians receiving aged care is expected to almost triple by 2050 to some 3.5 million people.”

It comes as funding for the aged care sector reaches record highs under the Morrison Government.

“We invested $20 billion in aged care funding across Australia last financial year­,” Minister Colbeck said. 

“In four years’ time, we expect Government funding to be $25.4 billion, an increase of over $5 billion on last year.

“We are building a genuinely people-centric aged care system, fully integrated and sufficiently sustainable to meet the needs of our rapidly ageing population.”

Member for Longman, Terry Young, said Beaumont Care offered a home of the highest standards for residents with high needs and people from financially and socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

“One of the four residences will be a secure memory support unit equipped to provide specialised care for those living with dementia,” Mr Young said.

“I commend the staff at Beaumont Care for being there to offer vital support to some of the most vulnerable people in our community, including those who have experienced homelessness.”