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31
Oct

Lovell calls on Andrews Government funding to ensure future of Murchison Neighbourhood House and aged care facility

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has thrown her support behind the Murchison community in the wake of the closure of DP Jones Aged Care, calling for State Government funding for the town’s neighbourhood house.

In a constituency question to the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan in State Parliament this week, Ms Lovell sought a commitment for funding to purchase the Murchison Neighbourhood House building and for the Andrews Labor Government to provide any support possible to secure the future of the aged care facility.

The Murchison community is reeling at the recent closure of the facility after its operator Murchison Community Care went into administration earlier this month.

As well as operating the town’s aged care facility, Murchison Community Care also own the buildings that are home to the Murchison Medical Centre, Murchison Pharmacy, Murchison Neighbourhood House and the Murchison Men’s Shed.

Because of the financial dire straits that MCC are now in, the future of all four services is uncertain.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“The closure of the aged care facility and the loss of these important services will result in many job losses in Murchison and we cannot stand by and watch the decline of this beautiful little town without a fight.

“I stand shoulder to shoulder with the Murchison community and that is why I have called on the Minister to give a commitment to provide funding that will purchase the Murchison Neighbourhood House building and secure the future of this vital community asset.

“Furthermore, I have implored the Minister to provide any additional Government support available to secure the future of the aged care facility and provide peace of mind for the entire Murchison community.”

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly         0413 103 240       jason.kelly@parliament.vic.gov.au

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