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More than 170 new aged care places will be delivered in Albany, worth an estimated $10 million, following the conclusion of the 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR).

 

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the additional places would help meet demand for quality aged care services in our community.

 

“This highly competitive ACAR clearly demonstrates renewed interest in aged care, following recent changes aimed at supporting service viability, reducing their compliance burden and increasing business flexibility,” Mr Wilson said.

 

This round saw the highest number of residential aged care places sought through an ACAR since 2007.

 

“Older Australians in Albany will benefit from 171 new residential aged care places.

 

“A further 16 new home care places will help older Australians remain living in their own home for as long as possible,” he said.

 

The Government believes older Australians want and deserve to have the support and care they need to live active and healthy lives, and to continue to choose the aged care services they need.

 

“I am pleased that new aged care places will help meet the growing aged care needs of older Australians in Albany.”

 

The ACAR is the process that allocates funding for new Government residential aged care and home care places and for capital grants each year.

 

More information on the 2014 ACAR is available at www.dss.gov.au/2014ACAR.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.