MAJOR UPGRADES FOR MEALS ON WHEELS HEADQUARTERS IN BATHURST

 

The Meals on Wheels headquarters in Bathurst which services towns and cities across the region including Bathurst, Oberon, Lithgow and Blayney will receive a much-needed makeover thanks to support from the NSW Government.

Upgrades to its kitchen and amenities will be able to be completed thanks to funding of $293,414.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole said the improvements address several operational risks identified in the organisation’s 2018–2020 Strategic Plan review.

He said the Meals on Wheels building was constructed in 1997-98 using limited funds, volunteer labour and all possible cost-saving measures.

"I am pleased to announce this funding will allow the Meals on Wheels facility in Bathurst to meet acceptable standards of WHS and food processing," Mr Toole said.

"The building’s amenities, and some of the aging or overworked equipment in the kitchen and packaging/distribution areas, really do need significant upgrades.

"Once completed, the works will allow for the continued and efficient support of an ever increasing number of highly dependent clients, and also enhance the organisation’s ongoing quality assurance program."

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the roll out of the second round projects takes Stronger Country Communities funding to $300 million.

"The $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund that is employing local tradies, putting local suppliers to work and providing the right environment to operate regional businesses," he said.