GRAND OPENING: Murray House Aged Care management committee president, Andrew Rix, Federal Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, and Murray House CEO, Sid Duckett, at yesterday’s launch of the group’s newly completed $1.9million special needs wing.

By JOHN DOOLEY

MEMBER for Farrer Sussan Ley was in Wentworth yesterday to officially open the recently completed $1.9million special needs wing at Murray House Aged Care.

The new facility will primarily cater for residents with dementia, and was jointly funded by a Commonwealth grant and the aged care facility’s own funds.

The new wing is a standalone, self-sufficient facility with its own catering amenities.

It will accommodate some existing residents, as well as new residents as time progresses.

Construction of the new 12-bed wing commenced in November 2016, and was built on land sold to Murray House by Wentworth Shire Council, enabling them to build the new project adjacent to their existing facility.

Murray House CEO, Sid Duckett, said the total cost of the project was $1.9million, and was jointly funded by a Commonwealth grant of $600,000 with the balance provided from Murray House’s own finances.

“Largely helped by a generous benefactor’s bequeath to the Aged Care Home some years ago,” he said.

“There will also be a benefit to the Wentworth community with new employment opportunities being created by the additional staff required to run the facility.”

With the addition of the new wing, Murray House can now provide accommodation and care for up to 65 residents.

In opening the new centre, the former Federal Health Minister said it was the third opening she had attended at Murray House during her almost 17 years as Member for Farrer.

“Murray House is a community-owned aged care facility that represents the gold standard in aged care,” Ms Ley said.

Ms Ley also complimented the facility’s staff, saying their dedication and caring role made for a very welcoming and homely atmosphere for residents.

“After all it is for the residents that we build these facilities, and I have just had a look at the new wing and it is quite incredible,” she said.

Murray House management committee president, Andrew Rix, acknowledged that in addition to the main funding, a collective of community and individual contributions had made the construction of the new wing possible.

Mr Duckett concluded the opening by thanking his hard working staff, the committee, the builders, Council and the community for their support of the project.