Today’s sod turning officially marks the start of construction on the redevelopment to expand aged care services at the Keith & District Hospital Inc, a significant milestone for the Keith community.
Member for Barker, Tony Pasin said the Federal Government has committed $2.66 million to help bring this project to fruition along with an allocation of a further eight residential care places.
“Significant capital works can now be undertaken on-site which will enable Keith and District to expand their service capacity from 18 to 26 residential care places on completion.” Mr Pasin said.
“The expansion of the aged care service will keep Keith and District Hospital a relevant service and will meet the current and future needs of the community. The expansion will enable Keith & District Hospital to be more sustainable so that they can continue to provide essential health services to the Keith and surrounding communities,” Mr Pasin said.
“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.
Keith & District Hospital board member, Geoff Davidson, said this is the largest infrastructure upgrade since the hospital’s inception.
“Healthcare cannot run effectively without governments and I would like to thank both Federal and State Governments for their support.”
“We are particularly appreciative of the federal government, our major partner for their initiative and flexibility for making this project possible.”
“This project will help us develop the new health hub and would not be possible without the support of the community and committed staff.”
Capital grants like this are critical to ensuring quality aged care services can be provided to regional, rural and remote locations like Keith.