| November 23, 2018


Senior Australians living in the Shepparton area will benefit from a new 120-bed residential aged care home jointly opened today by the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, and the Member for Murray, Damian Drum.

The $34 million Maculata Place home is operated by Shepparton Retirement Villages and serves as the rebuilt Tarcoola Residential Aged Care Service.

Sixty-three of the 120 residential aged care places were allocated through recent Aged Care Approval Rounds (ACAR).

Minister Wyatt said the Australian Government provided Shepparton Retirement Villages with $18 million for residential care services and a further $700,000 for home care services in 2017-18.

“The Australian Government recognises the importance of regional communities such as Shepparton having high-quality, local aged care facilities,” Minister Wyatt said.

“We’re investing record amounts in aged care – an additional $5 billion over four years – to ensure our senior Australians receive the best care possible.”

Mr Drum said aged care was particularly important in the electorate of Murray, given 21.5 per cent of the population was aged over 65, compared to a national average of 16 per cent.

“Maculata Place will serve senior Australians in the Shepparton district for many years to come – and I am delighted the Australian Government has teamed up with Shepparton Retirement Villages to bring this new facility to reality,” Mr Drum said.

In 2017-18, the electorate of Murray received $164.4 million in Commonwealth aged care funding for home care services ($34.2 million), Commonwealth Home Support Program services ($17.7 million), residential care services ($112.1 million) and short-term restorative care services ($400,000).
In the 2018-19 ACAR, a record 13,500 new residential aged care places, 775 short-term restorative care places and up to $60 million in capital grant funding were made available nationally. Results of the 2018-19 ACAR are expected to be announced by April 2019.

In Victoria, 1,415 new residential aged care places and 195 short-term restorative care places were made available in the 2018-19 ACAR.

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