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Shire of Boddington receives $3.08 million to improve access to aged care

For more information, contact Mia Davies (Leader | Member for Central Wheatbelt).

A $3.08 million State Government grant is set to assist Boddington residents to remain in their own community as they age, as part of the Building Capacity to Support Ageing in the Community program.

Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies MLA announced the funding saying it would contribute towards the expansion, design and construction of the Age Appropriate Accommodation – Stage 2 project, at Boddington.

“I’m delighted the Shire has been awarded this funding, which will allow older people living in Boddington and its surrounds to remain independent, involved and contributing members in their communities,” Ms Davies said.

“This funding is part of a $13.67 million investment in regional aged care through the $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI), made possible by Royalties for Regions.”

Ms Davies said collaboration and investment in age-appropriate health services was fundamental to the ongoing growth of the region.

“Aged care reforms focusing on supporting age-friendly communities and age-appropriate accommodation where people feel supported, safe and secure are transforming the way health and aged care services are delivered in regional WA,” she said.

“This is exactly the type of project we envisaged supporting when The Nationals created Royalties for Regions – supporting the people who have lived, invested, contributed to their community over a lifetime to stay close to friends and family at a time in their life when they need them the most.

“This approach benefits the person, their family and friends and the community-at-large that is richer for having older people participating within the community.”

Member for the Agricultural Region Hon Martin Aldridge MLC joined Ms Davies in Boddington for the announcement and congratulated the community on making aged housing a priority.

“They were able to demonstrate that they could enhance facilities and services that would help regional residents to remain in their community as they aged,” Mr Aldridge said.

For more information, visit http://www.health.wa.gov.au/southerninland.

For media enquiries please contact Mia Davies on 08 9041 1702 (Merredin office), 08 9622 2871 (Northam office) or email mia.davies@mp.wa.gov.au.

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Member for the Agricultural Region Hon Martin Aldridge MLC, Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies MLA and Boddington Shire President John Allert at this year's Boddington Rodeo.  Ms Davies and Mr Aldridge attended the 40th Boddington Rodeo on the same day as the $3.08 million State Government aged care announcement was made.