Who should manage Coraki facility?

A CONTINGENT of Mid-Richmond residents is confident its proposal to lease and manage the existing Mid-Richmond Residents Village will succeed.

The Minister for Lands Tony Kelly has announced that proposals were being sought from aged care service providers interested in taking over the Coraki facility.

Previously Richmond Valley Council managed the home, but has bowed out, with council’s director of corporate services Wayne Halcrow saying the industry had become too specialised for local government.

“Council feels it should be concentrating on its core functions,” he said.

The home, which includes dementia beds, resides on Crown Land and was created by a core group of concerned citizens in 1983, according to Mid-Richmond Residents Village committee member Joan Roots.

The facility was handed over to local government because of a shortage of funding.

Mrs Roots said the Mid Richmond Residents Village Ltd had secured a loan through the Bendigo Bank in the hope of taking over the facility.

Of the 12 people on the new committee, four helped create the home in the first place.

The Department of Lands deadline for proposals is December 18.

Mr Kelly said the successful proponent would operate the facility by way of a lease and all existing bed allocations would remain on site.




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