Bil­l­abidgee Aged Care Units Urana

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

Con­structed in the 1970s, the eight one-bed­room units are low rental self care ac­com­mo­da­tion, man­aged and main­tained by coun­cil. The units are al­most fully ten­anted.

Mr But­ler said coun­cil is keen to up­grade the units to cater for a wider mar­ket such as aged cou­ples.

“Cur­rently all units are one bed­room and are not dis­abled-com­pli­ant,” he said.

“Dis­cus­sions with aged care and other hous­ing providers re­vealed the providers are not as in­ter­ested in en­gag­ing into leases with coun­cil for man­age­ment, un­less it is coun­cil free­hold.

“Ir­re­spec­tive of if the coun­cil out­sources the man­age­ment of the units, for any up­grades, and ad­di­tions to this site, it is con­sid­ered more ben­e­fi­cial if coun­cil owns the land.”

Coun­cil will be re­quired to pro­vide com­pen­sa­tion for the Crown Land at the value de­ter­mined by the Valuer Gen­eral and other trans­fer costs, es­ti­mated to be $25,000.

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil has em­pow­ered its Gen­eral Man­ager Adrian But­ler to take ac­tion to com­pul­so­rily ac­quire a 2ha par­cel of Crown Land in Urana con­tain­ing the Bil­l­abidgee Aged Care Units and clas­sify the land as op­er­a­tional.

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