More facilities for seniors: Buckless

BILL Buckless says it is time that Northern Beaches residents made a move to provide more facilities for senior citizens.

To this end Mr Buckless, who has succeeded the late Graham Hanley as president of the Northern Beaches Residents Association, is calling for locals to attend a public meeting on the matter on Tuesday night .

Hosted by the Northern Beaches Residents’ Association, Tuesday’s meeting will be held at 7pm at the Woolgoolga RSL Club in Beach Street, Woolgoolga.

“We get regular complaints from residents with frail aged relatives in far distant nursing homes,” Mr Buckless said.

“With an aging population and Woolgoolga retirement village full to capacity most of the time, the situation can only get worse.”

“We have been fortunate enough to obtain the services of Carolyn Kwok to be our main guest speaker on Tuesday, plus two other speakers.

“Carolyn is deputy chief executive of RSL LifeCare, Narrabeen, Nth Sydney, who operate aged care facilities Australia wide.

“She is fully qualified to give a presentation and answer questions regarding information on funding and approval opportunities and requirements, financial viability, economics, regulatory issues, opportunities and obstacles.”

Also speaking at the meeting will be RSL LifeCare financial controller Mark Broadhead and local community care manager for RSL LifeCare Brenda Bale.

Mr Buckless said the Association had successfully negotiated with Coffs Harbour City Council for a number of improvements to the Northern Beaches, including additional garbage bins on Woolgoolga Headland, repair of the Woolgoolga swimming pool; a primary school-aged playground in the beach reserve and for work to begin on the rehabilitation of Woolgoolga Lake and the Darkum and Willis Creek estuaries.

He said their latest success was in lobbying councillors to support the rezoning of land at the Raj Mahal to allow construction of a supermarket. The first stage of the rezoning process was approved at the July 28 meeting of the council.

The Association can be contacted by mail at PO Box 528 Woolgoolga, email or ph 0407 671 182.

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