Rutherglen, in Victoria’s north-east, is set to get a brand new 50-bed aged care facility, with $57 million committed to the project in next week’s state budget. 

Key points:

  • Glenview Residential Aged Care, built in the 1930s, has secured  $57 million for a brand new building
  • The 50-bed site will include private ensuites for each resident  
  • The state budget will be handed down next week

The current facility, Glenview Residential Aged Care, was built in the 1930s.

While there had been upgrades and extensions over the years, CEO of Indigo North Health and director of nursing Shane Kirk said a new building was well overdue.

“We’ve been working for a number of years in trying to get a facility that meets the current standards and the expectations of the community,” he said.

Currently, some residents have to share a bedroom and a bathroom with others because of limited space. 

two beds in room facing each other

Some residents currently have to share rooms and bathrooms. (

ABC Goulburn Murray: Mikaela Ortolan

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Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, who was in the region for the pre-budget announcement, said the new building would help deliver the care residents deserved.

“In a modern Victoria we do not want our older Victorians having to make the choice to accept substandard facilities.”

More space for residents

Leonie Featonby is one of 40 residents living in the aged care facility.

Ms Featonby said she hoped the new design would include more outdoor areas for residents to enjoy. 

“I’ll be in here quite a while so it’ll be lovely to go to a new facility where there’s more room,” she said.

exterior of brick building

The Glenview aged care facility was built in 1938.(

ABC Goulburn Murray: Mikaela Ortolan

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Construction of the new building is slated to begin next year at a greenfield site in town.

A new 50-bed facility

A brand new 50-bed facility will be built, with each room having its own private ensuite. 

Mr Kirk said the upgrades would go a long way.

“It will enable us to provide the standard of care that people expect and the standard of care that we want to provide to our residents.”

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan said the funding was part of a new rural and regional revitalisation strategy for public sector provided aged care.

No more shared bedrooms, bathrooms: New 50-bed aged care facility on the way for Rutherglen
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