At the opening of a new wing at Whiddon Aged Care Facility in Kyogle, from left, Len Kearns – Whiddon Chairman of the Board; Page MP Kevin Hogan; Richard Judd – resident, and Alyson Jarrett – COO at Whiddon; Kathy Gibson – DCS at Whiddon Kyogle.
At the opening of a new wing at Whiddon Aged Care Facility in Kyogle, from left, Len Kearns – Whiddon Chairman of the Board; Page MP Kevin Hogan; Richard Judd – resident, and Alyson Jarrett – COO at Whiddon; Kathy Gibson – DCS at Whiddon Kyogle.

$4.7M project brings 32 new beds to aged care facility

An extra 32 people will now have a bed in an aged care facility in Kyogle with the completion of extensions, funded by the Federal Government.

Page MP Kevin Hogan has officially opened the $12 million extension of Kyogle’s Whiddon Group Aged Care Facility extension.

A new wing has opened at Whiddon Aged Care Facility in Kyogle.
A new wing has opened at Whiddon Aged Care Facility in Kyogle.

“With this extension, over 60 of our locals will be able to stay in the area, closer to their home and their families,” Mr Hogan said.

“This upgrade has included the construction of a new wing with an extra 32 new aged care places – this exceeds the 23 places originally planned when we announced funding.”

“There are a range of accommodation options including single and double rooms with ensuites, dementia specific and high care.

A new wing has opened at Whiddon Aged Care Facility in Kyogle.
A new wing has opened at Whiddon Aged Care Facility in Kyogle.

“There are also new courtyards to promote outdoor living, access to gardens, a new servery to service two dining rooms, and a new laundry to service a larger aged care home with additional residents.

“The project supported 48 jobs during construction and it creates another 13 ongoing jobs.”

This project received $4.7 million in funding from the Federal Government under the Regional Jobs and Investments Package and $7.44 million from the Frank Whiddon Masonic Home of New South Wales.