A transformed aged care facility in Bridgetown that has reaped the benefits of a $7.8 million overhaul was yesterday unveiled to the community for the first time. O’Connor MHR Rick Wilson officially opened the redeveloped centre in the not-for-profit Geegeelup Village retirement complex. The project has doubled the number of beds available to 32, with 16 new residential units added and upgrades made to the 16 existing units. The facility has also received a new dementia wing, palliative care room, lounge and dining areas, activities area, kitchens, reception, offices, consulting rooms and hairdressing salon, as well as a $500,000 on-site emergency fire brigade facility. The funding has also allowed for a registered nurse to be employed to manage high-level care and palliative patients. Mr Wilson said he was thrilled to be in Bridgetown for the opening of the project. “I’ve visited the site to get an update on the progress of the upgrades many times and it’s been fantastic to see how it’s progressed from concept to finish,” he said. “The staff and residents have been so patient while these upgrades have taken place but now they have a wonderful and modern facility to call home. “Geegeelup will be able to provide a greater service to surrounding communities and it also ensures the long-term viability of the hostel.” The Federal Government funded $7.4 million of the project cost, with just over $181,000 from Lotterywest and a $100,000 donation made by the Bridgetown Rotary Club, which is the biggest donation the club has ever made to a charity, raised mainly from the Blackwood Marathon event.