Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Senior Territorians will benefit from significant upgrades to 15 local residential aged care homes and services, thanks to $3.4 million in grants from the Coalition Government.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said the funding would enable extensions, refurbishments and improvements at these aged care homes and services, under the Aged Care Regional, Rural and Remote Infrastructure Grants scheme.
“This is a great early new year bonus, with these aged care homes set to receive the funding early in 2019,” Senator Scullion said.
“This funding is part of our Government’s $5 billion aged care funding boost, announced in the 2018-19 Budget, and this CLP aged care infrastructure funding is dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of aged care services in the Territory.”
“Local projects funded include $500,000 to the Roper Gulf Regional Council to create a purpose built Aged and Disability Resource Centre for day respite and activities at the Council facilities at Mataranka.
“The new centre will bring together currently inadequate aged care resources with a new kitchen and laundry, which are currently in two separate shipping containers and refrigeration in the community hall. The new centre will also include a common area, female and male disabled access toilets, two offices, a covered veranda and wheelchair ramp.
“The new building will be purpose built, incorporating facilities under one roof, greatly enhancing the day resource service opportunities for clients as well as improving work conditions for local staff,” Senator Scullion said.
“Belyuen Community Government Council will receive $98,463 for an electrical system upgrade, hand rail and solar panel installation, building refurbishment, door and fly screen replacement at the Imabulk Aged Care Centre.
Ms Price said she was pleased to see that Australian Regional and Remote Community Services Limited, who run the Old Timers Village and Hetti Perkins Home for the Aged in Alice Springs, will receive funding for upgrades.
“Two grants totalling $886,819 for upgrades at the Old Timers Village will go towards improvements to security, staff accommodation refurbishment, internal floor and wall refurbishment, water heater replacement, laundry upgrade and solar panel installation,” Ms Price said.
“At Hetti Perkins Home for the Aged the CLP will invest $456,056 for solar panel and fence installation, fire exit safety installation and upgrade, auto gate and dryer installation and glazing upgrade.
“MacDonnell Regional Council will receive grants to help improve aged care in six communities thanks to the CLP. Haasts Bluff Home Care will receive funding of $181,331 for minor repairs and alterations including air conditioning, repainting, lighting to rooms and toilet, security screen, clothes line, and the replacement of solar panels.
“Funding of $129,825 for Hermannsburg Home Care will go towards minor repairs and alterations including air conditioning, lighting to rooms and toilet, replacement of fences and gate and the replacement of the hot water system. Upgrades to Areyonga Home Care from $122,020 is for minor repairs and alterations including repainting, air conditioning, lighting to rooms, vinyl flooring, replacement of the solar hot water system and repairs to the security screen.
“Titjikala facilities will be upgraded from a $92,360 CLP investment for minor repairs and alterations including air conditioning, repairs to roof trusses, lighting to rooms, repainting, the replacement of the electrical hot water system, and removal of vinyl flooring. Aged Care facilities at Imanpa will be improved from funding of $75,157 for minor repairs and alterations including air conditioning, compressor of walk in freezer, lighting to rooms and toilet, vinyl flooring, weather proof the laundry, repainting and the replacement of solar panels.
“Amoonguna Home Care will be boosted by $67,539 in upgrades including air conditioning, repainting, lighting to rooms and toilet, the removal of vinyl flooring and the replacement of solar panels.
“Aged Care in Mt Liebig, which is in MacDonnell Regional Council but Western Desert Nganampa Walytja Palyantjaku Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation is the aged care provider in that community, will see upgrades with Western Desert to use funding of $91,401 for an outside living area and to revamp the activity house,” Ms Price said.
Ms Price also announced three communities in the Central Desert Regional Council area will receive improved facilities thanks to the Country Liberals.
“Atitjere facilities will receive a big boost with funding of $476,000 to upgrade current facilities including the installation of a new commercial kitchen and pantry; refurbishment of existing toilets, show and laundry; repairs to fencing, and upgrading main activity area.
“An investment of $99,590 for improvements at Nyirripi will assist with the delivery of Home Care services. Works include the installation of a new pantry; new flooring; roof repairs, the installation of 2 wheelchair ramps, and widening the front door for wheelchair access.
“Upgrades to Engawala Aged Care from funding of $76,375 will go towards installing an industrial cool room/freezer; erecting a concrete base for the cool room to sit on; electrical works, a new doorway from the kitchen into the cool room, and a new external door for truck deliveries,” Ms Price said.
Senator Scullion said the Coalition Government has a strong commitment to regional, rural and remote Australia.
“The Country Liberals understand that Territory aged care services face challenges their counterparts in Melbourne or Sydney do not.
“These upgrades will boost the productivity and sustainability of local aged care services, which play a critical role in our communities.”
Senator Scullion said the aged care sector would receive a further boost through the residential aged care capital grants through the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) expected to be announced by April 2019.
“Thanks to our strong economic record, our Government has also just announced $101.9 million to lift the annual Viability Supplement paid to eligible regional aged care providers by 30 per cent,” Senator Scullion said.
“I thank all the organisations that submitted applications and look forward to seeing the benefits of this funding for our aged care services, senior Territorians and communities in the NT.”