Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien has announced allocations have been approved for an extra 521 new aged care beds in Noosa, Maryborough, Gympie and Murgon.
"This allocation will provide a significant benefit to Wide Bay's seniors, ensuring they have future care options that are local to them," Mr O'Brien said.
"Every one of these 521 extra beds means a local senior will be able to access care that is close to their loved ones, and they can remain a part of their community."
"Each of these new places will mean local seniors and their families can have more confidence, knowing they have future care options in locations as close as possible to the communities they know and love."
The following facilities have received allocations for beds:
- Signature Care Pty Ltd received 180 bed allocations for a new facility at Tinana, Maryborough.
- Waterford Aged Care Pty Ltd received 100 bed allocations for a new service in the Gympie - Cooloola area.
- Lutheran Church of Australia - Queensland District - has been allocated 52 beds for a new facility in the Noosa Hinterland.
- Palm Lake Care Operations Pty Ltd received 120 bed allocations for a new Service, Palm Lake Care Cooroy-Noosa, on the Noosa Hinterland.
- NoosaCare Inc has received 49 bed allocations for Carramar Hostel, Noosa.
- Southern Cross Care Murgon - Castra received 20 bed allocations.
Mr O'Brien said the allocations will provide a welcome boost to aged care services in Wide Bay and are part of the Morrison Government's record funding and expansion of aged care.
"Wide Bay has a rapidly ageing population so it is fantastic to have this commitment for new bed allocations," Mr O'Brien said.
"Almost 40 per cent of all new residential aged care places have been allocated to non-metropolitan areas, in recognition that improving and expanding local residential facilities and aged care services is fundamental to keeping communities like Wide Bay strong."
It is estimated that the new allocations are worth approximately $30 million.
The Morrison Government is boosting annual aged care investment by $5.5 billion, with annual funding to grow from $18.1 billion to $23.6 billion a year by 2022-23.
"I congratulate our local aged care providers on securing these new aged care places and I look forward to seeing the benefits of this funding flow to our community," Mr O'Brien said.
Details on the 2018–19 Aged Care Approvals Round outcomes, including successful providers, is available on www.agedcare.health.gov.au/funding/aged-care-approvals-round-acar/2018-19-aged-care-approvals-round.