Posted March 02, 2019 14:38:00The Southland Nursing Home has received a $3 million grant from the Australian Government to build a new facility for the state’s elderly.
Key points:The South-East Queensland Government has given the home $3.6 million in fundingThe facility will be ready for occupancy by August 2019The Government says it is giving the state the chance to address a housing affordability crisisKey pointsA new home will be built on the former Southland Home site in south QueenslandThe home will have a reception area and shared living areas, including an art galleryThe funding was announced in December and will see a new $3,500 per week residential apartment in the home built on land leased by the state.
The state will also provide $3 for every $1 of property tax it collects, and $3 per $1 that is spent on services.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the funding was a good way to encourage residents to stay in the area.
“It will allow us to address some of the issues that have been identified in the community and help build on the momentum that has been building in South Australia,” she said.
“Southland is a great community with an amazing range of people and I’m proud to be able to support it in that direction.”
Premier Jay Weatherill said the money would allow the state to improve its services.
“We have a lot of good things going on at the Southland community and we have a big commitment to them, but I know there’s still work to do,” he said.
“We’re working to get better services to the community, which is good for everybody, and that’s why we’re really pleased to be investing in the South-West and to build this new home in South-Southland.”
A further $1.5 million will go to the South West Regional Health Partnership, which will support Southland’s emergency medical response.
The Government has committed $1 million to the state for its Emergency Services Program.