Oct 7, 2009

New aged care facility opens in Darwin’s north

New aged care facility opens in Darwin’s north

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 7 2009

A new modern facility for disadvantaged elderly Territorians has opened its doors, helping to ease pressure on the Territory’s existing aged care services.

Federal Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Anthony Albanese today joined Deputy Chief Minister Delia Lawrie and Solomon MP Damian Hale in Darwin to officially open the $3.26 million Ponti Mews aged care facility.

“This project has received more than $1.6 million in funding from the Australian Government – an investment that has not only left a lasting legacy for the community but also generated work for about 20 local tradespeople,” said Mr Albanese.

“Named after Ian ‘Ponti’ Pontifex – a tireless advocate for quality aged care in the Territory – the new facility consists of 12 aged care units and a community centre.

“Residents will benefit from the facility’s close proximity to the local hospital. They will also have access to the nursing, pharmaceutical and meal services which will allow them to continue living relatively independent lives.”

Ponti Mews is the latest addition to Masonic Homes’ Tiwi Gardens Seniors Living Community. All up, this integrated aged care complex has received $5.75 million in Federal funding, with the NT Government also making a significant contribution.

Mr Hale said this latest development by Masonic Homes is a perfect example of what co-operation between the Federal and Northern Territory Governments as well as a private provider can produce – a truly great result for our community and all Territorians.

“Mr Doug Strain and his team should be congratulated on all their efforts to bring this latest facility to the Territory,” said Mr Hale.