Coraki residents fight for dementia unit
By Alex Easton
RICHMOND Valley Council should put a planned dementia unit at Coraki at the top of its priority list, according to village residents.
About 100 residents met at the Coraki Golf Club on Wednesday night to discuss two burning local issues.
As well as resolving that the dementia unit be built as soon as possible, the council will be asked to ensure the Mid-Richmond Residents' Village remains in community hands.
Residents' group spokesman George Thompson said some of the money needed to build the $1.1 million unit was already there.
The council has about $400,000 already in place and a combination of operating surpluses from the unit, bond money from residents and further grants from the Federal Government could make up the remainder.
"With a Federal election coming up they should be pressing for the necessary funding to start the dementia unit," he said.
Mayor Charlie Cox said council wanted a future for the residents' village and wanted the dementia unit built.
However, the council was not the best organisation to run the unit and ratepayers should not have to finance its construction.
Cr Cox said the council wanted whoever took over the running of the residents' village to take responsibility for the funding and construction of the unit.