Senior Citizens' hall up for sale
Goonellabah Senior Citizens secretary Helen Wynd said it’s sad to see the group’s long-time home in Goonellabah being sold off but said there simply aren’t enough members to keep the organisation going.
The Goonellabah Senior Citizens first met in 1974 and moved into the hall on Ballina Rd in 1979. It was purchased by Uniting Church minister Reverend Graves and local man John Douglas, who were helped with a loan by Lismore City Council which the organisation later paid off.
With the help of the Rotary Club of Goonellabah the hall was extended and was officially opened by MP Charles Blunt in October 1984.
The hall is now up for sale with all money destined for charity.
“People have passed away and gone to retirement villages, so it got to the stage where it just wasn’t viable anymore. Sometimes there would only be three of us at a meeting,” Helen said. “If you look around, you’ll find there’s a terrific amount of single people who have lost their husbands or wives and are living on their own, and it can be very lonely. The Goonellabah Senior Citizens provided a place where people could meet and talk about their worries, make friends, play bowls, or go to functions together as a group. It’s definitely sad to see it go.”