Moreena Units Trust treasurer Kate Berger with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, President Lorraine Bartel and Secretary Jay McNamara. (Photo courtesy of the Moree Champion)
RENOVATIONS at the Moree Aged Care Moreena Units will soon get underway courtesy of a $25,606 grant from the State Government’s Public Reserve Management Fund, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced today.
Mr Marshall met with the Moree Homes for the Aged Trust members and residents yesterday to make the funding announcement and discuss the renovations and future improvement plans.
“Earlier in the year I met Trust President Lorraine Bartel who gave me an update on the state of affairs at the Moreena Units and their need for funding to upgrade their facility,” Mr Marshall said
“The Trust hadn’t received any funding assistance through the State Government as they had managed to maintain their property through the rent they received from tenants. However, these funds are used for the day-to-day maintenance and they wanted to renovate some of their smaller units to make them more comfortable for their tenants.
“This grant will allow them to convert three of the small original residential units into two larger ones.
“The trustees are a very hard working group and very determined to continue improving their facilities. I commend them for their commitment and enthusiasm – I was very pleased to support their grant application and delighted they were successful.”
Mr Marshall said the Moree community identified a need for an Aged Care Home in 1955 and began fund raising.
“The Government of the time matched their efforts pound for pound so I am very pleased this NSW Government has again shown its support for this great community asset by contributing to these particular upgrades,” he said.
“This grant is part of the more than $489,032 in funding the Northern Tablelands had received under the latest round of the NSW Public Reserves Management Fund (PRMF).”
Moreena Units Trust member Jay McNamara said they were delighted to receive the grant as they were very keen to upgrade their facility.
“We try to keep our rent as low as possible and any profits we make go back into repairs and maintenance. We needed this extra financial assistance to do these renovations and we were very pleased when Mr Marshall encouraged us to apply for the grant and thrilled when he told us we’d been successful. It’s very much appreciated,” Mrs McNamara said.