More older members of the Ulmarra community will be able to move into residential aged care close to family and friends, thanks to the addition of 18 new Government-funded beds at Rathgar Lodge, the Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said.

“This is great news for our ageing community and also great news for those looking for work,” Mr Hogan said. “It will also lead to many more local jobs in the Aged Care sector. That is why we are investing an additional $1.7 million every year to make sure these extra beds are available for the Ulmarra community.”

“These new residential places will help older members of our community to remain living in their community surrounded by friends and family – which is where they want to be.

Rathgar Lodge currently has 20 generous sized rooms, complete with ensuites and emergency call bell facilities, as well as four self-care two-bedroom units and a purpose-built, fully-secured 12 bed Dementia Specific Care Unit.

Some of the major projects Kevin Hogan has delivered for the community include:

• $15 million for expansion of Norco’s ice-cream factory
• $17 million in grants for nine job-creating projects
• More than 300 new aged care beds
• New Headspace in Grafton
• Co-funding $7 million upgrade of Clarence Way
• $6 million for upgrade of Crozier and Oakes Oval
• New Northern Rivers Regional Art Gallery
• Expanded North Coast Regional Hockey Complex
• Maclean Riverside Precinct
• Casino Amphitheatre
• Southern Cross Lads Safe Driving Course
• Expansion of Summerland House Farm
• Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club
• Wollongbar Club House
• Kyogle Aquatic Centre
• Upgrade of Casino Saleyard
• Sealed road to Toonumbar Dam
• Repair of Woodburn to Coraki Road
• Coffs Harbour bypass
• Revitalisation of Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall
• Major upgrade of Culmaran Creek Road
• Upgrade of Harwood Mill and Refinery
• Replacing 20 wooden bridges in Kyogle
• Upgraded Albert Park Baseball Complex
• Upgrade of Casino Hospital Emergency Department
• Six new Trade Training Centres
• Record bulk billing rates
• Record funding for our local schools
• Record health funding
• Woodburn Riverside Precinct
• Casino Drill Hall Precinct
• More In-Home and Residential Aged Care place