A record 232 aged care places allocated to Coffs Harbour by the Coalition could help revolutionise the standard of living available for older Australians, Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said today.
Mr Hartsuyker was referring especially to a planned and ambitious $150 million complex of 143 apartments at Park Beach, now certain to proceed because of the allocation.
“As Steve Gooley, the General Manager of the Bachrach Naumberger Group, which is behind this extraordinary project has highlighted, the development will take the level of accommodation and facilities available to older Australians to new levels,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“A pool, walking trails, extensive gardens, and well-designed living spaces are just some features of the project that have the potential to set a bench-mark for the sort of care older Australians deserve to have access to.”
There will also be a new 120 bed high-needs facility.
The other big beneficiary in the record allocation for Coffs is Arcare, which Mr Hartsuyker said was another trailblazer in provision of high quality aged care facilities, with 110 new places.
Mr Hartsuyker said he was delighted that Coffs Harbour, along with Port Macquarie with 202 new places, had won 26% of all the non-metropolitan allocations in a record national Aged Care Approval round of 13,500.
He expressed gratitude to Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, for recognising the unique attraction the two cities had for retirees from across the country – who are such an important social and economic part of the community.