Bathurst MP Paul Toole today announced $87,473 in funding to bring major energy savings to Lithgow’s Three Tree House through round two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
The money will fund the installation of An energy efficient power system at the aged care facility, enabling greater efficiencies in the day-to-day running of the centre, and providing enhanced local accommodation options for the community, including a Dementia day service.
Mr Toole said this project involves the purchase and installation of an 81KW three-phase grid-connected system for the Lodge, to improve energy efficiency and reduce power costs.
“There is a large need in Lithgow for services for people living with dementia. Dementia currently affects approximately 365 of the residents at Three Tree Lodge, but this is projected to nearly double over the next 20 years. There are very limited local day services, or emergency respite services, for people living with dementia.”
Mr Toole said that cost effective, responsive local services, will enhance the quality of life of Lithgow residents and that projects such as this would support the social fabric of the local community, and enhance the provision of appropriate local services.
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.
“I congratulate Lithgow City Council on its successful application and look forward to these improvements that will make the local region an even more attractive place to work and raise a family,” Mr Barilaro said.
“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.