Richmond Village fate voted on

RICHMOND VALLEY COUNCIL will tonight vote on a recommendation which could see Baptist Community Services take over the operation of the Mid Richmond Residents Village at Coraki.

The council, which currently operates the facility, is in negotiations with the Land and Property Management Authority to transfer their ‘approved provider’ status to Baptist Community Services.

Approved provider status is mandatory for any organisation operating such a facility.

Councillors will be asked to give permission to the general manager of Baptist Community Services to submit an application to transfer the approved provider status, in the event of an agreement between council and the service being reached.

The decision will end months of uncertainty about the future of the facility, which had become a rallying point for the local community..

A spokeswoman for Mid Richmond Residents Village Inc, Joan Roots, said the organisation was pleased to see Baptist Community Services win the tender, despite putting an enormous amount of work into their own.

“But we’re not disbanding our committee,” she said noting that the residents’ group will take on a kind of watchdog role.

The residential facility was created with community volunteer effort and funds in the 1980s before the former Richmond River Shire Council extended a financial lifeline.

Baptist Community Services operates aged care facilities in Lismore and Alstonville under the Maranoa name.

Under the Aged Care Act 1993, approved provider status is appointed by the Delegate of the Federal Department of Health and Ageing.

Richmond Valley Council will meet this afternoon at the council chambers on the corner of Walker Street and Graham Place, Casino, at 4.30pm.

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