The Kyogle Seniors' Centre.
The Kyogle Seniors' Centre.

Kyogle's seniors get new centre

NINE years ago Kyogle resident Fae Little met with eight ladies to discuss building a hall that would cater to the town's senior citizens.

On Saturday, Mrs Little helped officially open the Kyogle Seniors Centre, a complex specially designed for senior citizens, who make up to 24 per cent of the town's population.

Committee member for the Kyogle Senior Centre, Shelley Honeychurch, said it was dedication and sheer tenacity that ensured the project, worth in excess of $750,000, made it through to completion.

“It really was a fantastic effort that this centre was built because bits of money have come from everywhere,” she said.

“When you think that even groups such as the Kyogle Radio Group have contributed to this project, you begin to realise how much heart has gone into the building of this centre.”

Ms Honeychurch, who is also operations manager for Kyogle District Care Connections, said the new centre would provide senior day care three days a week.

There are also plans to organise activities such as tai chi and computing courses for seniors in the hall.

“This is a fantastic resource for the town because there are a lot of very isolated homes in Kyogle, and a lot of people who don't like to ask for help,” she said.

“Now there's a central meeting point and people feel they can connect to the community.”

Kyogle Mayor Ernie Bennett said the hall was a great addition to the community and the nine-year push for the hall demonstrated the level of community spirit in Kyogle.

The new centre, which features a commercial kitchen and disabled access, is also available to hire for parties.

At only 80, Mrs Little said she'll be attending plenty of them in the next few years.

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