News / Community / Featured / 14th October 2021
Cooinda scores $2.1million funding windfall
The good news keeps coming for Coonabarabran’s aged care facility - Cooinda.
The site is currently undergoing a multi- million dollar revamp to the nursing home.
But just last week it was announced the facility has received further funding to renovate the outdated main kitchen and relocate the laundry.
The $2.1 million grant comes from round five of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said the funding will go a long way to improving the lives of those who use the facility.
“Cooinda is a wonderful facility and I’m glad this funding will be used to renovate and extend the existing kitchen and construct a new laundry at the aged care facility,” Mr Coulton said.
“This upgrade will make life much easier for the hard-working staff at Cooinda, which will have a significant impact on the quality of care provided to our elderly residents.”
Cooinda CEO, Leanne Redfern was excited at the news and said it meant the nursing home would be fully upgraded by the time the work was complete.
“We had a new kitchen and laundry planned years ago, but unfortunately we were unable to proceed due to the increased cost of the resident areas, which was our main focus at the time,” she explained.
“If anything, the delay has allowed us to refine the plans for a better outcome regarding layout.
“It means our whole nursing home will be completely refurbished.”
Mrs Redfern said updates to the current kitchen couldn’t come quick enough.
“What we’ve been operating with up until now is a kitchen that is outdated and cramped,” she said.
“The plan includes a new kitchen that will suit our requirements well into the future.”
A new cool room and freezer will be included in the refurbishment.
Staff will also benefit from a new laundry, which will be much larger than the existing one and provide better infection control measures.
Cooinda has plans to expand services from the kitchen and laundry, contributing to employment opportunities for the local community.
Work is expected to commence towards the end of December.