Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Leukaemia Village Opens in Adelaide

Media Release


24 November 2013

Today I officially opened the new $9.7 million Bridgestone Australia Leukaemia Foundation Village.

The village will provide benefits to blood cancer patients from remote and regional communities across South Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Victoria.

The Australian Government contributed over $3.9 million in funding to the purpose-built support facility in the north-eastern suburb of Northfield.

The village consists of a range of facilities including 15 two and three-bedroom units, a support service centre, library, games room, gymnasium, quiet room and seminar facilities. A child play area and outdoor barbeque facilities are also available for use.

It provides free accommodation and support services for patients and their families, creating a supportive and relaxing environment while they undergo treatment.

The specialist care and accommodation services provided by the village to cancer sufferers is a big step forward in supporting our regional communities.

It will significantly reduce costs to regional patients who need to relocate to Adelaide for specialist treatment.

Patients will be able to focus on their treatment and recovery, with the support of close family or friends and with less of a financial burden.

I congratulate the Leukaemia Foundation and the Wadham Estate Bequest for their respective contributions of $5.2 million and $500,000 towards this extremely worthy project.