Letters aim to support cottages
THE Brunswick River Cottages committee has drafted a letter of support in order to help the project secure funding.
$2.3 million allocated by the previous State government was withdrawn in September when the new Government’s budget was announced.
The money, allocated in January 2017 through Royalties for Regions, was withdrawn well before any questions were raised by the recent Langoulant inquiry into Royalties for Regions.
The committee is now applying for the funds through the Regional Aged Accommodation Program, but it is worried the number of other programs applying for the same funds could create tough competition.
“Eighty other projects had their funding withdrawn at the same time as us,” committee chairman Ken Hart said.
“I presume all 80 will be applying for this funding again, which is a lot less than in the previous pool of funds.”
Committee members have distributed the pro-forma letters, including envelopes, to the Brunswick Post Office and Community Resource Centre.
Copies will also be distributed today in the resource centre’s ‘Moospaper’ for people to sign and send.
The letter, addressed to Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, cites the ageing population as the driving force behind the need for 12 two-bedroom cottages for lowincome people over 55.
It also outlines the recent increase in the number of residents aged over 65 years, which spiked by 28 per cent between 2011 and 2016. Outlining the economic benefits the cottages would help keep in the town, the letter also focuses on the social benefits of this accommodation type.
The accommodation would be designed for couples to remain together, even if their care needs differed.
“These cottages are important for Brunswick’s economic and social future,” he said.
“It will keep older people local and near to their families.
“The social fabric of the town needs its grandparents.”
Mr Hart said once the letters reached Ms Clarke’s office, she had agreed to forward them to the Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt.
These cottages are important for Brunswick’s economic and social future. -Ken Hart