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 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

More aged care beds on offer for Norlane

Media Release

FN030/2016

21 April 2016

Joint release with:

Graham Dangerfield

Chief Executive, Baptcare

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member for Corangamite

Residents in North Geelong will soon have access to a range of much needed services, including a new aged care facility and 52 affordable rental houses, with construction starting today on the $43.5 million Norlane Integrated Community Project.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Australian Government is investing $7.25 million towards the project to provide local residents in Norlane with high quality, accessible social infrastructure.

“The National Stronger Regions Fund is providing up to $1 billion over five years to promote economic development in Australia's regions,” Minister Nash said.

“The Australian Government is committed to funding priority infrastructure projects in local communities across Australia.”

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the Norlane Integrated Community Project will deliver a range of services to the local community.

“The project will deliver 90 residential aged care beds and 52 affordable rental houses that can accommodate up to 91 people, including purpose built housing for people with disabilities,” Ms Henderson said.

“We want to expand the quality of affordable housing rental options for families, older people and people with disabilities.

“The local community will also have access to a new community hub and well-being centre, including a café, library, Men's Shed, playground and gym.”

“This project already builds on $1m for Diversitat's Healthy Living Centre for Ageing in Norlane and $225,000 to upgrade re-fueling facilities at Lethbridge Airport already announced under the National Stronger Regions Fund,” Ms Henderson said.

Baptcare's Chief Executive Graham Dangerfield said Baptcare is committed to providing local residents in Norlane with a vibrant community space to enjoy while creating jobs.

“The Norlane development is about responding to the community's need for affordable housing, social housing, aged care and employment generation,” Mr Dangerfield said.

“Baptcare wants to make sure that the most vulnerable in the community are not left behind and have access to the care and services that they desperately need.”

The Norlane Integrated Community Hub Project is being jointly funded by the Australian Government contributing $7.25 million and Baptcare investing $36.26 million and is expected to be completed mid-2019.

For more information about the National Stronger Regions Fund please visit investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/NSRF/index.aspx.