Date published: 
19 July 2018
Media type: 
Media release
General public

Older residents in Strathalbyn will have access to an additional 12 aged care beds, improved services, accommodation and more support when they need it most as part of the Turnbull Government’s plan for a stronger economy.

The Turnbull Government’s $3.9 million commitment will allow the Marshall Government to expand the new Strathalbyn Aged Care facility to a full 36 bed nursing home.

Our investment funds the construction, renovation and capital costs of the expanded facility, building on the South Australian Government’s $7.5 million investment.

Liberal Candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer has lobbied hard for this investment and said the expansion of the aged care facility was ‘vital’ for the growing community.

“Strath is a growing community and needs and deserves modern infrastructure. This additional support is particularly needed for the elderly in our community,” Ms Downer said.

“This new facility will ensure they get high quality care when they need it most.

“You can deliver better outcomes for the community when you’re part of a team. The State Liberal Government had already committed to build at least a stage one 24 bed facility, but we needed more.

“Through this funding we now have an additional 12 beds - taking the total to 36 beds for the new facility — and will provide more support for the elderly in our community.

“Community infrastructure brings the community closer together and is a critical part of my plan for the people of Mayo.”

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt joined Georgina Downer in Strathalbyn to make the $3.9 million announcement.

“We have guaranteed Medicare to support healthcare for every Australian but we recognise our older Australians need and deserve more from us,” Minister Hunt said.

“The Government is supporting older Australians by boosting their financial security, helping those who want to work longer, and giving them more choice in their care.

“We are helping older Australians stay in their own home for longer by increasing the number of home care packages while also supporting building new aged care facilities like here in Strathalbyn. It’s all about choice.

“We are also ensuring better quality of care and greater transparency of care to protect older Australians who can no longer stay at home.