Aged Care facilities in the Wheatbelt


Aged Care facilities in the Wheatbelt (Action Agenda)


Project status: Ongoing

"We are able to tailor our services to individual needs, provide comfortable and tasteful facilities, which is very reassuring to a carer who has entrusted their loved one to us for a short period of respite." Killara representative


Royalties for Regions has invested in aged care facilities in the Wheatbelt to create age-friendly communities in small towns to provide seniors with appropriate infrastructure and access to essential services.

These facilities are the first aged care and community health projects approved for funding under the Regional Development Council's Action Agenda Funding Round.

The Avon Regional Organisation of Councils, comprising Chittering, Dowerin, Goomalling, Northam, Toodyay and Victoria Plains, agreed to provide funding through individual allocations from Royalties for Regions' Country Local Government Fund. Lotterywest was also a funding partner.


Dryandra Residential and Community Care Expansion

The Wheatbelt now has access to a refurbished aged-care facility located in Kellerberrin, with the completion of the Dryandra Residential and Community Care – made possible with $5.47 million of Royalties for Regions funding.


The expansion of the facility includes 21 additional rooms, which will allow more residents to remain close to their families as they need aged care. The construction of a dementia-specific wing will also accommodate the demand for dementia care services in the region. 

Total cost of Stage 1 was $2.1 million and was funded by:

  • Dryandra Residential and Community Care:  $1,468,490
  • Royalties for Regions:  $550,000
  • Lotterywest:  $86,400

Total cost of Stage 2 was $5.8 million:

  • Royalties for Regions:  $4,925,250
  • Dryandra Residential and Community Care:  $87,671 and $169,353 (in kind)
  • Shire of Kellerberrin:  $180,000 (in kind)
  • Department of Health:  $500,000


Killara Respite Centre

Carers in Northam can now access enhanced respite services after upgrades to the Killara Adult Day Care and Respite Centre were completed.

$3 million of Royalties for Regions funding enabled the construction of two new eight bed purpose built buildings at the existing Killara site including fit-out with furniture and equipment.

The new units will be used for short term quality accommodation for aged clients while carers and loved ones take a much-needed break.

These cottages enable the Shire of Northam to provide much needed respite and regular guests are delighted that they have their own on-suite and private bedroom, and provided care with dignity and respect.

The original building was converted to cater for more beds as demand for overnight accommodation increased. The Killara Centre has now returned to its original role of providing modern day care facilities.

The Killara Centre is located at 2 Burgoyne Street in Northam.