Aged care beds and community services boosted in Norlane

Concessional aged care beds have been made more accessible for residents of Norlane following the opening of a new aged care development in the northern Geelong suburb.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said the redevelopment of a disused school site has provided 90 concessional beds for existing public housing tenants, people on low incomes, those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and those with dementia within the region.

“The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is investing in making regional communities such as Geelong, more liveable. A strong economy means we can invest in aged care beds meaning fewer people will have to travel away from home to receive the care they deserve locally,” Ms Henderson said.

“In addition to providing much needed aged care beds, a community hub has been developed to provide a gathering space for Norlane locals. The new hub includes all the foundations of a thriving community, with a café, playground, outdoor garden and workshop, all accessible to the local community,” Ms Henderson said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s investment had helped generate a boom in local employment, supporting 65 construction jobs and creating up to 150 ongoing roles at the facility.

“Community-driven projects such as this not only provide important social infrastructure but also help address disadvantage in the region, giving an economic boost which flows into the community for years to come,” Mr McCormack said.

“By promoting an inclusive space that provides common areas where people can meet, interact and engage in social activities, we are helping to create the kinds of communities that are in it for the long haul and who can support and bring out the best in each other.”

The aged care facility and community hub complement 52 affordable rental houses which accommodate up to 91 people and include purpose built housing for people with disabilities which have previously been delivered within this overall project.

Baptcare Chief Executive, Graham Dangerfield said these last two pieces of our integrated community realise Baptcare’s vision of improving outcomes for Norlane and responding to local aged care needs.

“We are delighted to have created a community for the people of Norlane which supports ageing residents who want to stay in their own local community, which will not only change lives but give residents – regardless of their background, means or social circumstances, greater fullness of life,” Mr Dangerfield said.

“Baptcare Coasthaven Community will also provide a place of local connection – to each other and to the local community,” Mr Dangerfield said.

This project was jointly funded with the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government investing $7,250,000 and Baptcare Ltd $36,259,000.

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government funded the project under the National Stronger Regions Fund, a $611 million investment in infrastructure projects across Australia to strengthen Australia’s regions by improving their productivity, employment and workforce skills, while delivering a lasting economic benefit.