First dedicated aged care home in the Northern Territory town of Nhulunbuy is nearly finished

First dedicated aged care home in the Northern Territory town of Nhulunbuy is nearly finished

After more than two decades spent fighting for its creation, a small northern community is finally celebrating the construction of its first ever dedicated aged care facility.

The new $30 million center being built in the north-east Arnhem Land township of Nhulunbuy is nearing completion, with its first residents expected to be signed in by October.

Djapu clan elder Barayuwa Mununggurr is among the long-term campaigners for the center and said it “will be a place of comfort” for the region’s elderly.

For many years, there’s been a gaping shortfall in aged and palliative care facilities across the remote Northern Territory.

Construction on the aged care facility in Nhulunbuy is expected to be finished before the Top End wet season.(ABC News: Matt Garrick)

It’s meant countless sick and elderly Territorians have been forced to travel to centers like Darwin and Alice Springs for hospital care, hundreds of kilometers from family and, for many remote Aboriginal residents, pass away far from their traditional country and culture.

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