Centre to get new building
PLANS are in motion to build a new regional headquarters at Alstonville for the Spastic Centre of NSW.
The building in the main street will consist of offices and treatment rooms, at a cost of almost half a million dollars.
A development application has now been lodged with Ballina Shire Council.
The Spastic Centre’s chief executive, Rob White, said the new facility would make a big difference to the organisation’s North Coast operations.
“We currently rent our Alstonville building from Ballina Shire Council,” he said.
“But now we have received funding from the Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation to buy the land at Alstonville and build a purpose-built administrative centre.
“It means we will be able to own our own building.
“We are very committed to staying in Alstonville. There is a great need for our services in the region.
“And although we rarely have clients come in to our centre – the therapists almost always go out into the community – it is still good to have the therapy rooms just in case.”
The funding for the new Alstonville facility is part of a $1.5 million donation from The Sargents Foundation for seven sites around Australia.
The purchase of these permanent sites will save the Spastic Centre more than $250,000 in rent each year.
Mr White said it was hoped the new building at Alstonville would be open by mid-next year.
The Spastic Centre moved its North Coast office to the village from Coffs Harbour in January last year.
As well as expanding its regional and rural services, the Spastic Centre is also about to undergo a name change.
From February next year, it will become known as the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
Mr White said the re-naming of the organisation came after feedback from clients, families and focus groups.
When The Spastic Centre was established in 1945, it was named after the most common form of cerebral palsy, spasticity.
But Mr White said the word ‘spastic’ did not have the negative connotations it has today.
Plans for the centre are currently on display and submissions can be made until October 15.