Federal Liberal has today (25 May 2016) confirmed a $5 million pledge to kickstart Anam Cara’s plans to develop a new 20-bed community hospice in Armstrong Creek.
The commitment was made by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a visit to the electorate of Corangamite for the federal election campaign.
This is a key piece of infrastructure for G21’s Armstrong Creek Urban Growth Area Priority Project.
Anam Cara is in negotiations to secure the land for the new facility with preliminary blueprints released today.
The project will cost $15 million overall with the $10 million set to be sourced from “local project funding” and philanthropic donations.
Corangamite MP Sarah Henderson, praised Anam Cara’s strong links with the health sector and private providers.
Ms Henderson spoke about her interest in cancer treatment and given her late parents, former state MP Ann and solicitor Michael Henderson, died of the disease.
“The Anam Cara board has mapped out a bold vision to expand their services in a sustainable way,” the Liberal MP said.
“A newly constructed, state-of-the-art Anam Cara Community Hospice will be a wonderful asset to our community.
“My parents died of cancer so I understand first hand how important these services are to so many families.”
The $15 million price tag for the 20-bed facility consists of $10 million for its construction, $2 million for the land and $3 million for the fitout of the new building.
The existing Anam Cara facility in Geelong’s city centre has provided day hospice services to over 3000 people since it was established in 2007.
In that time it is has provided overnight or end-of-life care to over 680 people and carer accommodation to over 11,000 people.