Thursday 7th October 2021

Residents in the Western Australian town of Dunsborough will now benefit from the opening of the town’s first aged-care residential complex.

The project has delivered a high-needs care facility, independent living units and new premises for the Dunsborough branch of the Country Women’s Association.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Australian Government has invested $7.1 million in the residential complex under the Building Better Regions Fund.

“In addition to improving health outcomes in Dunsborough, this investment will also produce long-term economic benefits for the region through making it a more viable place to live for Australians of all ages and health requirements,” Mr Joyce said.

“The project will also reduce pressure on the regional hospital system as the population ages, as well as provide ongoing opportunities for local businesses to provide goods and services to the complex.”

Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories and Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the project will greatly benefit the Dunsborough community and surrounding region.

“What this project means for the Dunsborough community is that residents can live well in their community as they age,” Ms Marino said.

“Other benefits of this project include employment, with the project supporting 350 jobs during construction and creating another 60 ongoing positions, which will support our region well into the future.”

Western Australian Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan said the project would provide significant social benefits for Dunsborough residents.

“The new facilities create opportunities for aged members of the community to maintain connections through activities such as an inter-generational playgroup, excursions, fitness programs and other social activities,” Ms MacTiernan said.

“The complex will also notably provide 40 per cent of residential beds to disadvantaged people without the financial resources normally required to reside in these facilities.”

State Member for Vasse Libby Mettam said the complex’s dementia care facility would make a difference in the lives of elderly Dunsborough residents needing support.

“The new dementia -enabling care facility has 80 beds as well as treatment and lounge areas, commercial and kitchen facilities, dining areas and office and storage space,” Ms Mettam said.

“Having access to such facilities locally means Dunsborough residents will no longer have to move away from their community, family, social and support networks when they need residential care.”

This project received $7.1 million in funding from the Australian Government under the Building Better Regions Fund, a $1.29 billion investment designed to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities across Australia.

The Western Australian Government provided $2.5 million and the Ray Village Aged Services Inc. (trading as Capecare) provided $26.4 million towards the project.

For more info on Capecare Dunsborough visit here.

For more info on the Building Better Regions Fund and the latest successful recipients visit here.