It is always pleasing to see State and Federal government funding distributed to important community services within the City of Karratha that fall outside Council’s responsibilities.

Aged care is a vital health service because we all grow old and may need care and assistance during our later years.

Aged care investment in regional areas prevents people from being forced to move away from their families to the city, which can be a stressful and isolating experience.

Earlier this month, Yaandina Community Services received significant Federal government funding to expand their residential aged care facility in Roebourne, which is a great result for the Roebourne community.

Yaandina Community Services have delivered services and programs including aged care, community care, family and youth services, and drug and alcohol support services, for more than 42 years.

The aged care centre originally opened as an aged care hostel back in 1990 and is now in its 29th year of operation.

Yaandina was allocated $4.6 million to expand the centre under the Federal Government’s Aged Care Approvals Round, which is a very competitive application process the City supported to attempt to get the best outcome for the community.

In 2014, the current facility was commissioned to accommodate 18 full-time residential beds and two respite beds, and the centre has remained at capacity since then.

The recent funding provision will enable bed numbers to increase to 30 beds and to allow for planning for the future ageing requirements of the West Pilbara.

Yaandina expect the expansion to take about 18 months to complete.