Shire invests in aged-care units

Daryna ZadvirnaNarrogin Observer

Wickepin is set to receive more aged-care accommodation units after a community petition.

The Shire of Wickepin has allocated $700,000 of the 2019-2020 budget to the construction of two aged-care independent living units at Johnson Park.

Lifestyle Retirement Committee chairman Syd Martin said he was pleased with the council’s decision to invest in more accommodation for older people, as it was something he had been pushing for years.

Mr Martin presented Wickepin’s chief executive officer Mark Hook with a petition at the council meeting last month, which had collected 112 signatures from the community.

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The petition urged the council to vote for the motion to pay for two units in the aged persons accommodation facility to be built in this coming year.

“The council has worked diligently for all other age groups in the community but at this stage very little for the aged,” it said.

“In the past few years many people have had to go elsewhere to get suitable accommodation and these units would help to retain residents in the community—a very vital goal.”

Mr Hook said the construction of the two units was likely to begin at the start of next year, but if the Shire received extra funding from the State Government, it might build more units.

“We are still waiting to see if the application for a grant from the Department of Regional Development was successful,” he said

“But we’ve applied for $3.26 million from the State Government.”

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