Funding approved for more Haddington beds

Current TCC chair Greg Sauer presents Col Mann with a memento of his 30 years as committee chair at the gala fundraising dinner in October. The aged care places to fill the new wing at Haddington have now been approved.
Current TCC chair Greg Sauer presents Col Mann with a memento of his 30 years as committee chair at the gala fundraising dinner in October. The aged care places to fill the new wing at Haddington have now been approved.

Another piece of the plan to build a new wing onto Haddington has fallen into place, with Tenterfield Care Centre receiving approval for 28 additional aged care places.

"All we need now is for our DA (development application) to be approved, and we can then call tenders and get started as the fundraising process continues," TCC chair Greg Sauer said.

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Haddington's quota is part of 172 more aged care places for New England announced by MP Barnaby Joyce. Tamworth Aged Care, operated by Signature Care, received the other 144.

Mr Joyce said the new residential places will provide a welcome boost to aged care services in the two towns.

“Tamworth and Tenterfield are among many regional, rural and remote regions across Australia that will benefit, with almost 40 per cent of all new residential aged care places allocated to non-metropolitan areas,” Mr Joyce said.

“Every one 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 are familiar with.

"I congratulate the Tamworth Aged Care and Tenterfield Care Centre on securing these new aged care places and I look forward to seeing the benefits of this funding flow to our community.”

Around $907 million a year will go into providing a record 13,500 new residential aged care places across Australia, with an additional $60 million of capital works investment to finance construction of new and extended aged care homes.

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