Wongaburra Aged Care will carry out major upgrades through a $10 million federal government grant.
The local aged care facility received the funding under the Aged Care Approvals Round.
Wongaburra Aged Care CEO Atul Kumar Singh said Wongaburra Society, a community-based not-for-profit established in January 1989, would be able to increase the number of residential care places to 136 from 125 through the new development.
“Our team here has worked extremely hard on this project, and we are now well advanced in the planning stage, the $10 million capital will support our approximate $25 million project for the construction of a new 72-bed residential care building,” Mr Singh said.
“We welcome the investment of the Australian Government for Wongaburra, without this funding the project could not become a reality and we want to thank Scott Buchholz for his advocacy and for all of the support in Government.”
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz said it was a boost for aged care locally.
“I am pleased to have met with Atul and the Wongaburra Society Board, to hear firsthand about the upgrade plans, the great level of hard work and effort that has gone into making this plan a reality,” he said.
“It was fantastic to hear the community connection, to hear the stories of locals past and present that have built and continue to build on the Wongaburra legacy.
Mr Buchholz said the upgrades would replace a 40-year-old building and bring on-line an additional 11 residential care places.
“This project will deliver better access to aged care in the Beaudesert area, improve amenities for residents and support the viability of the service into the future.”
Wongaburra is also looking forward to expanding its Home Care operations locally in the future.
The project is expected to be completed in January 2024.