CASTERTON - WE GOT IT
Edgarley Home Incorporated (EHI) recent public consultation outlining their plans for the future and redevelopment has taken a giant step forward with the awarding of $14.5 million capital grant from the federal government, along with the allocation of 17 new beds. This will bring the total capacity of the facility to 60 beds
Under the Federal Governments Aged Care Approval Round (ACAR) process, EHI submitted an application for the capital grant and for the 17 extra beds. The capital grant is the largest awarded to an aged care facility across Australia under this current round of funding. “It is an astounding effort by all concerned”.
“This is tremendous news for EHI and one that we have been working towards for a number of years”, Andrew Speirs, EHI Chair stated. “The amount of work that has gone into this successful bid is unbelievable and all concerned should be congratulated”. “This result would not have been possible without the very enthusiastic support of Dan Tehan, Member for Wannon. His endeavours behind the scenes and arranging various meetings with decision makers and representation to the Minister were all invaluable and certainly contributed to this success”.
Dan Tehan is extremely pleased with the result and “believes this is a strong indication of the federal government’s commitment to rural Australia and to help maintain strong rural communities”. “This level of funding is a significant boost to not only Edgarley but for Casterton itself.” “I have had a number of people from Casterton contact me to give their support to the redevelopment. During a recent business walk around, I had numerous conversations with the business owners who nominated the redevelopment of Edgarley as a priority for Casterton”. “I was more than happy to play my part in seeking to secure the funding for such an important development for Edgarley”. “I know the Edgarley Board and the staff will fulfil all the obligations and requirements of the funding arrangements and build the infrastructure so desperately needed”.
EHI is a community owned not for profit organisation that exists to serve the broader community. It is there to cater for the needs of the regions elderly and this new development will allow EHI to do that to the best of its ability. The new infrastructure will be first class and provide the necessary facilities we will require now and in the future. Our architects NoW Architecture, have produced a brief for us to follow and will incorporate the latest in building design. NoW Architects principles, husband and wife team, Neville Cowland and Judith North have had a long association with Edgarley and Casterton itself. Neville was born and bred in Casterton and his mother was a long-time resident of Edgarley. They understand the needs of aged care and are very experienced to undertake the design and building of the new facility.
CEO Steve Toope, is ecstatic with the awarding of the grant and believes it will be a boon for the town during construction, a win for the current and future residents and more importantly for the future of EHI and the fortunes of Casterton into the future. Mr Toope cannot thank the Casterton community enough for all their support during the lead up to the successful announcement. “Casterton should feel proud of their efforts in assisting EHI to secure the funding and also for showing their support over a long period of time.” “It is the job of Edgarley and its staff to serve the community and to be there for when people require Edgarley services.”
There is a lot of people who have contributed to this success and publicly the Board of EHI wishes to extend their thanks to all who helped in any way.
“With this grant comes great expectation and responsibility. It is incumbent on the Board and staff of Edgarley to meet the expectations of the community and to deliver a new facility the community can be proud of.”
“Apart from the building of a new facility, the increase in bed numbers will present its own challenges in terms of staffing levels, policies and procedures and systems. This is an exciting time for Edgarley and one that we are determined to get right.”
Mr Toope stated “we will be moving on with the project once we have received the contracts from the federal government and they are signed and lodged.” “We will then start working to our timetable and commence the project. It will be a great day when the first sod of soil is turned.”
The Edgarley Board will keep the local community up to date with the projects progress by providing updates through the local media.