PLAN IDEAS: About 70 Bonalbo residents spoke on plans for aged care.
PLAN IDEAS: About 70 Bonalbo residents spoke on plans for aged care. Contributed

Aged throw support to multi-use centre

PLANNING for a multi-purpose centre (MPC) for Bonalbo advanced a step further yesterday when about 70 residents gathered to give feedback on planning options to health officials.

The MPC plan, combining aged care with hospital and GP services, has attracted broad community support.

Northern NSW Local Health District chief of staff Wayne Jones said he had received many detailed submissions on the nine planning options before the community.

"I have not had one objection to the concept," Mr Jones said.

United Aged Care spokesman Alan Hoskins said the options and feedback would be taken to a meeting with planners and architects next month. "We have good political support," Mr Hoskins said. "I'm confident we will get the funding."

Ideas from Caroona Aged Care residents and hospital staff will be added to that of the wider community.

The project has a tight time frame, with finance needing to be signed off by the end of 2014 so the aged-care component can be incorporated into the MPC.

Mr Jones said: "These opportunities don't come often. If you don't grab them it will be a real loss to the community."

Officials said recurrent funding was not a problem, as it would be a continuation of current arrangements.

"The need is for a well-supported plan to be presented and capital funding secured," Mr Jones said.



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