Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan has announced more than $3.6 million of on-going funding to provide 77 Aged Home Care places and 14 new Residential Age Care beds across the Northern Rivers. “This ongoing funding will help meet demand for quality aged care services in the Northern Rivers and have the additional benefit of creating more jobs in the sector,” he said. “Older Australians across our community will benefit from 77 new Home Care Places worth almost $2.7 million and 14 new residential aged care places worth almost $900,000.” In the Clarence Valley, the Whiddon Group will get an additional 12 Aged Care residential places. “The Government believes older Australians want and deserve to have the support and care they need to live active and healthy lives, and to continue to choose the aged care services they need,” Mr Hogan said. “I am pleased that these additional Aged Care places will help meet the growing needs of older Australians in the Northern Rivers. “The new ongoing Home Care places will help older Australians remain living in their own home for as long as possible.” Research by RDA Northern Rivers has found the Northern Rivers has a higher proportion of population aged over 60 (23%), compared with the state average of 17%.