Council gives up aged care centre
THE Federal Government has dashed hopes ownership of the Mid Richmond Residents’ Village aged care centre at Coraki will stay in community hands when Richmond Valley Council gives up control of the facility.
The facility’s committee of management yesterday confirmed the Federal Department of Health and Ageing had rejected its bid to take over the complex on the grounds its cash reserves were too small.
Committee spokesman Graham Smith said the group understood there were no questions over its ability to run the facility, but the Government had been concerned about its ability to fund it if the centre’s books ran into the red.
Mr Smith said the non-profit group tried to counter that concern with agreement from a bank to provide a $500,000 overdraft.
But that did not satisfy the bureaucrats either.
The next most likely candidate to be given control of the centre is Baptist Community Services, which runs the Maranoa aged care centres at Alstonville and Lismore, which Mr Smith said the committee saw as the next-best option for the facility after them.
Peter Crane, of Baptist Community Services, yesterday dec-ined to comment, saying it was ‘not appropriate’, although ‘that may change in the near future’.
Mr Smith said the Baptist group shared many of the Coraki committee’s values and committee members had been in long negotiations with it to ensure a voice in the way the facility was run.