The funding for two new aged care facilities in Punchbowl and Lakemba, announced by the former Labor Government in August 2013 have been confirmed in the budget.

Tony Burke, Labor Member for Watson said the efforts of a hard fought local campaign have come through and delivered for our community.

 “When the projects were first raised with me 2 years ago there was no funding on either side of politics for the aged care facilities,” Mr Burke said

“Our local campaign and the strong community support were instrumental in getting the projects approved.”

The Maronite Eparchy of Australia will receive $10 million and will establish the Saint Charbel’s Care Centre in Punchbowl.

The Lebanese Muslim Association will also receive $10 Million to establish an aged care facility, to be located close to Lakemba Mosque.

While in Government, Labor delivered the biggest aged care reforms in a generation and these projects will continue to ensure that older residents have access to the high quality, cultural sensitive support they deserve.

“This funding will ensure, for as many people as possible, that the dignity they have shown us as hard working and decent migrant Australians is returned to them in the final years of their lives. Part of that is maintaining the culture, language and faith that patients have held every day of their lives,” said Mr Burke.