Major Boost for Aged Care Services in Bowen

Media Release

JM044/2018

13 March 2018

Joint release with:

George Christensen

Federal Member for Dawson

  • $1.5 million grant under Coalition Government's Regional Jobs and Investment Package for Murroona Gardens, Bowen
  • The Regional Jobs and Investment Packages area a $220 million initiative to stimulate job creation and investment in regional Australia

Bowen's Murroona Gardens aged care facility will soon offer a range of respite services to the community thanks to a major funding announcement from the Coalition Government under the Regional Jobs and Investment Package.

Federal Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the construction of the Community Respite and Reablement Centre at Murroona Gardens would offer much-needed short-term care to elderly members of the community.

“We all know how important aged care services are for our elderly residents and their families and the Federal Government is proud to partner with Murroona Gardens to enhance respite and care services in Bowen,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This important project will also create local jobs, including 25 jobs during construction and up to six ongoing positions in the aged care sector.”

Speaking in Bowen today, Member for Dawson George Christensen welcomed the Coalition Government's commitment of $1.5 million towards the three million dollar project.

“This is great news for the Bowen community. The Respite and Reablement Centre will provide support for elderly residents still living in the community and their carers,” Mr Christensen said.

“The new centre will provide day and overnight respite services, with the peace of mind knowing that relevant care and services were available on-site and readily accessible if required,” Mr Christensen said.

“In particular the centre will help older people still living at home requiring short-term day or overnight care; it will support older people providing informal and unpaid care in the home; and older people who may benefit from greater social interaction available at the facility.”

Dr McVeigh said the Regional Jobs and Investment Package was about the Government working hand in hand with local businesses and organisations to deliver the real job opportunities vibrant and resilient regional communities.

“This $220 million pilot program, being rolled out in 10 regional locations across the nation, has been designed to diversify regional economies, particularly those that have undergone large structural changes, to help drive economic growth and job creation in these communities.”