Governor praises elderly as our ?greatest assets

By MARY MANN

mary.mann@northernstar.com.au MOLLIE LITTLE and more than 100 Ballina locals shared a few laughs and a bite to eat with the Governor of NSW yesterday.

They were celebrating the opening of the $11.5 million redevelopment of St Andrew's High Care Facility in Bentinck Street, and what it means to be elderly. "I'm sure I'm not much younger than all of you, I just tint my hair," the Governor, Professor Marie Bashir AVO CV, joked.

"One of the greatest assets we have is not our minerals, but the people, in particular the elderly.

"Australian elderly have a great model of resilience, dignity and hope."

Prof Bashir said those qualities had been demonstrated through the hard work of the people who had helped to make the project happen.

The redevelopment was funded with loans and fundraising efforts by the facility's auxiliary volunteers.

Ms Little, a resident at St Andrew's, said she was proud of the facility.

"It is a wonderful building, we are all excited about it," the 99-year-old said.

The facility has 63 beds and includes modern conference facilities, a new theatre, chapel, library, kiosk, and new central activities rooms. Phillip Carter, CEO at St Andrew's Village, said technology also had been installed to allow residents who are confined to their beds to participate in activities through the television in their room.

The official opening included an unveiling of a plaque by the Governor, tours of the facility, an afternoon tea and singing of the National Anthem by local students Sophie Carter and Alison Watson.



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