Cowper is a big winner in the largest ever round of federal funding for aged care places, Luke Hartsuyker announced today.
A total of 432 places have been funded in the electorate with 230 in Coffs Harbour and 202 in Port Macquarie.
Mr Hartsuyker said the record Aged Care Approval Round would provide and additional 13,500 places across the country.
In Coffs Harbour the allocation represents the “missing link” that will enable a go-ahead for a $150 million development of the Park Beach Residence project.
Site works have begun but the confirmation of funding for 120 places confirms the scale of the project.
In Port Macquarie there will be 105 new places at Highfield Manor, 91 at Arcare and 6 at Regis.
Mr Hartsuyker said older Australians were one of the most important groups in the Mid North Coast community, with retirees from across the country attracted to the lifestyle and amenities offered by Cowper’s twin cities of Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.
“I’ve been lobbying hard to get extra support for this important sector of our economy and community, and the support for the region through the funding provided today from Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt is very welcome,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“It will enhance the standard and the number of facilities that attract older Australians to our region, where they play such an important role.”