25 Jun 2021 Media Release

New home for Chinese Aged residents

A site in Lower Templestowe will be home to ageing members of Melbourne’s Chinese community, with the Andrews Labor Government today unveiling a site for a new Chinese aged care facility. 

Minister for Ageing Luke Donnellan and Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Sonja Terpstra today visited the site at 227-229 Manningham Road, which will be used for a not for profit aged care facility for the local Chinese community. 

The project delivers on the Labor Government’s $21.75 million election commitment to deliver three multicultural land acquisition projects – including one for a Chinese aged care facility in metropolitan Melbourne. 

Manningham is one of the Melbourne’s top three municipalities for people aged over 75 born in China, along with Monash and Whitehorse – making it easy for residents to stay connected to the communities they know and love. 

The site is located just 150 metres from a bus stop and 800 metres from the Macedon Square shopping precinct, providing essential links to community facilities. 

Research shows that those suffering from dementia often revert to their mother tongue – and specific multicultural aged care facilities can better care for residents with staff onsite that speak that same language. 

Other than English, Mandarin is the most spoken language at home in Victoria, with more than 191,700 speakers, while 78,000 Victorians speak Cantonese at home. 

This announcement recognises the contribution that elderly Chinese Victorians make to our state, and is part of the Labor Government’s long-term plans to support the development of culturally appropriate aged care services across Victoria. 

The Government will open expressions of interest on 8 July to appoint a not-for-profit residential aged care provider linked to the Chinese community to build and operate the facility. 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Ageing Luke Donnellan 

“Today’s site announcement is a vital step in our work to develop more multicultural aged care facilities – giving older members of Melbourne’s Chinese community a new home.” 

“We know older multicultural Victorians see better health outcomes when they are connected to their language and culture – and we’re supporting the facilities that will ensure these residents maintain a strong sense of community.” 

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Sonja Terpstra 

“Manningham is home to a huge Chinese Victorian community, and we’re incredibly proud to be delivering land for a facility for older members of the community to live, in a neighbourhood they are familiar with.”