Roma SES re­tires to new Mitchell home

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ROMA’s SES is mov­ing to Mitchell.

In July the ser­vice asked Mara­noa coun­cil use the dis­used for­mer re­tire­ment vil­lage build­ing in Mitchell for dis­as­ter man­age­ment train­ing and work­shops.

They got the green light at the coun­cil’s fort­nightly meet­ing last week.

Roma SES cov­ers ar­eas west of Charleville and Quilpie, mak­ing Mitchell a more cen­tral lo­ca­tion.

The coun­cil-run re­tire­ment vil­lage has been aban­doned since the gov­ern­ment-funded aged care fa­cil­ity opened ad­ja­cent to Mitchell Hos­pi­tal in 2013.

Their July let­ter said they wanted to use the vil­lage as a train­ing room, as well as ac­com­mo­da­tion, bath­room and din­ing fa­cil­i­ties, be­tween three and four times a year.

Coun­cil agreed to al­low the SES use the vil­lage’s A Block on the pro­viso the SES be re­spon­si­ble for all their own equip­ment and daily re­quire­ments with no ad­di­tional costs to coun­cil.

Parts of the old vil­lage are also used by the Palen Creek Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity with a su­per­vi­sor and 12 pris­on­ers re­sid­ing in self­con­tained de­mount­a­bles at the rear of the build­ing.

Care Out­reach also use the fa­cil­ity five to 10 days a year de­liv­er­ing as­sis­tance to Mitchell and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

PHOTO: HAY­DEN SMITH

ON THE MOVE: Tara SES vol­un­teers Daryl Bar­ti­mote and Peter Treloar.

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