ALMOST a decade of fundraising and hard work has paid off with two new aged care units opened in Barellan.
The Barellan Aged Care Support Group has worked tirelessly to have the project completed, which now allow seniors in the town to stay in the community.
A further three units will also be built once more funding can be raised and generated.
The independent living units already have tenants, who are from Barellan.
“It’s just fantastic to see,” group secretary Sandra Vicary said.
“The whole idea was to have this facility in Barellan so instead of residents having to go out of town for aged care services, they can stay here where their family and friends are.
“We couldn’t be happier with how it has turned out.”
The Barellan group contributed almost $200,000 towards the cost of the project, with the federal government tipping in $154,000.
Member for Farrer Sussan Ley attended the official opening of the units recently and was certain the next phase of the project would be just as successful.
“I know the long-term plan is to build even more units to ensure those who wish to stay in town near friends or family can do so,” she said.
“It’s been a real community effort inspired by the fundraising committee and I am delighted the federal government has been able to assist.”