The Coalition Government is providing an additional $649 million per year to create 9,911 new residential aged care places with Barker set to benefit.

“I welcome the news of the funding through the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round and that the Waikerie community will be a big winner with Federal Government funding to provide more beds and capital funding to expand and upgrade facilities,” Mr Pasin said.

The Waikerie Community Senior Citizens Home will receive a capital grant for $1,671,740 as well as an additional 10 residential care places under the 2016/17 Aged Care Approvals Round announced last week.

Also successful in this round of funding was the Waikerie Health Service with an additional 42 residential aged care places approved.

“With our rapidly ageing population, the Australian Government is committed to providing a sustainable aged care system that meets the needs of our older Australians,” Mr Pasin said.

“Barker is one of many rural and remote regions across Australia that will benefit. 27.4 per cent of all residential places are being allocated to non-metropolitan areas” Mr Pasin said

“Australians want greater choice and control over the care they receive and these changes do exactly that,” Mr Pasin said.

Information about the 2016−17 Aged Care Approvals Round outcomes, including details of the successful approved providers, is available on the


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