Killarney Memorial Aged Care staff members Karen Campbell and Brad Jones with resident Mr Wally Cotter.
Killarney Memorial Aged Care staff members Karen Campbell and Brad Jones with resident Mr Wally Cotter. Contributed

$585,000 shot in arm for aged care

KILLARNEY Memorial Aged Care is about to receive a mini-makeover, with almost $600,000 in government funding headed its way.

The nursing home and hostel was announced last week as the recipient of $585,000 in federal funding, through the Aged Care Approval Round (ACAR).

Manager Brad Jones said the money would be used to cover the centre's deck, build a multi-purpose room, install fencing and widen doors.

"It will really enhance our facilities and bring the community and the residents together as a group," he said.

"It is an enormous amount of money and it will be a fantastic boost for us.

"A lot of work went into our application and it is great the government is recognising the importance of rural facilities."

Mr Jones said the ACAR grants were just part of the funding the facility had received.

"We have also had a great two months, with some more of our grant applications being successful," he said.

The centre has been given money for solar systems, wheelchairs and pressure cushions.

Mr Jones said a grant of $5,500 has also been allocated to allow the town's history to be captured through the residents.

"It will be great to document the great stories of our residents so they are kept forever as part of the town's history," Mr Jones said.

The centre's major fundraiser, Winter in Killarney Bonfire Night, also received a Killarney Australia Day award for best community event.


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