Esperance Aged Care Facility receives Regional Development Australia investment

RDAGE board member Shaun Mears, facility chair Richard Fowler, board member Laura Dwyer, facility general manager Chelli Ratcliff, board chair Lee Jacobsen, board member Rowena Olsen and board director Jo Swan. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
RDAGE board member Shaun Mears, facility chair Richard Fowler, board member Laura Dwyer, facility general manager Chelli Ratcliff, board chair Lee Jacobsen, board member Rowena Olsen and board director Jo Swan. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

Regional Development Australia Goldfields Esperance (RDAGE) announced an investment of $55,000 into the Esperance Aged Care Facility on January 31.

​RDAGE chair Lee Jacobsen said the funds would help the facility furnish their dementia ward.

Ms Jacobsen said Regional Development Australia’s charter was focused on economic growth and job creation.

“In our recent strategic review we identified aged care as an economic priority,” she said.

“If someone has to leave a regional community and relocate to Perth, that often means their son and daughter who care for them and their children also relocate.

“That’s a big loss to a community to lose a family like that.

“The ability for a person to age and have a right to die where they have resided in the region, is important because it does keep their family in the region as well.”

Ms Jacobsen said the Esperance Aged Care Facility would produce other economic benefits, such as job opportunities for carers and maintenance staff. 

Regional Development Australia is an Australian Government initiative aimed at bringing together different levels of government to strategically target issues in regional areas.