Generators installed in VIC nursing homes

A $40 million program to deliver backup power to aged care facilities in Victoria has seen the first generator installed at Kilmore & District Hospital's nursing home.

Premier Ted Baillieu, along with energy and resources minister Michael O'Brien, toured the Caladenia Nursing Home last Thursday (February 14) - the first facility to benefit from the Local Infrastructure Assistance Fund (LIAF).

The fund is part of a $750 million Powerline Bushfire Safety Program.

The LIAF is designed to provide assistance to the most vulnerable of Victorians, with the premier saying that eligible aged care centres will be entitled to a generator.

Minister O'Brien said there are currently three more generators being installed in other facilities during the first stage of the initiative, with 40 applications from other centres already received.

"This work is part of the Coalition government's Powerline Bushfire Safety Program and will see us delivering on the commitment we made to fully implement the recommendations of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission and the Powerline Bushfire Safety Taskforce."

The minister added that the ten-year safety agenda will see reliability improve through upgrades to electricity networks - utilised by electricity suppliers - and new safety devices being installed.

Posted by Charlie Moore