Expansion work at a Bedingfeld Park aged care facility is set to fill a much-needed gap in aged care services for the Pinjarra region, as well as creating several jobs during construction and boosting the local economy.

Member for Canning, Andrew Hastie, said the government will deliver $3.55 million towards the Bedingfeld Park Expansion Stage 1 Project which will see the construction of a 25 bed aged care wing for people living with dementia or high care needs.

“We need better health services, particularly in aged care for the Peel region. The expansion of Bedingfeld will make a huge difference by allowing elderly people to stay closer to their homes, family and local community,” Mr Hastie said.

Once completed, the new wing at Bedingfeld Park will include 25 single rooms with ensuite, a nurses station, living, dining and activity areas, treatment rooms, servery kitchen and secure landscaped courtyard.

“The project is expected to create 18 jobs during construction and another 18 ongoing jobs—which will be a big boost to the local economy.”

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, John McVeigh, said the project will deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community.

“Under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund — Infrastructure Projects stream, the Coalition Government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects with a total project value of $459 million,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This means, in each successful community much anticipated local projects are receiving the funds needed to take a big idea and make it a reality.

“It’s all part of the Coalition Government’s plan to create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities across Australia.

“A further $200 million was announced in the 2018 Budget for a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund – a clear indication of the Coalition Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.”

The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund, which includes the Community Investment stream and the Infrastructure Projects stream, is expected to create up to 10,000 jobs from over 240 projects.

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