Village out of local hands

The group of committed community members who were attempting to gain aged-care provider status for the Mid Richmond Retirement Village in Coraki has finally and graciously conceded defeat.

The aged care facility is situated on Crown land and has been managed by Richmond Valley Council as the Coraki Homes for the Aged Reserve Trust.

Council decided that the MRRV was not “core business” and advertised for aged care providers to take over the facility.

For the past five years a group of locals known as the Mid Richmond Residents Village Limited has been battling Council, government departments and red tape in an attempt to gain aged care provider status so they can run the facility.

But with Council recently announcing that Baptist Community Services (BCS) is the preferred service provider, MRRV Ltd committee member Graham Smith said they were reluctantly giving up the fight.

“After five years of ongoing lengthy and costly negotiation, in April 2010, the Department of Health and Ageing refused MRRV Ltd Approved Provider status necessary to compete for management,” Mr Smith said in a statement. “Baptist Community Services was the chosen proponent from other applicants, and appears future approved provided for MRRV. Dialogue between BCS and MRRV Ltd commenced at the start of the initial tender process, with a view to ongoing local input through MRRV Ltd retaining a voice in this unique and successful community venture, opened in 1983. That dialogue continues.”

MRRV Ltd believed it had a strong case to be named an approved provider but its application was rejected because of a perceived lack of assets.

“MRRV Ltd continues to seek on behalf of the community best possible outcome for our residents, and shall endeavour to keep alive the ethical origins of MRRV,” Mr Smith said.


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