The construction of three new retirement units in Molong was an amazing example of community organisations working together, Cabonne Mayor Ian Gosper said when he officially opened the complex today (Friday 8 September 2017).
Built at a cost of $700,000, the units were funded by Acacia Lodge, Molong Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association and Cabonne Council. They are the result of 15 years of hard work and fund raising by Acacia Lodge and the Pensioners and Superannuants.
The Acacia Lodge Committee contributed $94,000 to the project, as well as a further $194,000 from the sale of a property, while Molong Combined Pensioners and Superannuants raised $32,000 from street stalls, raffles and other fund-raisers.
Cabonne Council provided a $400,000 interest-free loan to bring the project to fruition.
“It has been an extraordinary effort over a long time to realise the strong vision of Acacia Lodge and the Pensioners and Superannuants to provide retirement accommodation at an affordable rent for aged people, particularly those without the means to access other accommodation, “ Cr Gosper said.
“Finally, today we see the result of that wonderful vision with the completion of these units.”
The new complex has been named Durack Court after the pioneering Durack family who operated the Court House Hotel on this site in the late 1870s. Margaret Durack was widowed in 1871 and took out a lease on the hotel in 1879, running it with her daughters while caring for and educating the younger members of her 13 children.
Cr Gosper said although today marked the end of a long road, the actual construction by Hines Construction Pty Ltd proceeded rapidly, with the firm’s principal Richard Hines and his team finishing the project on budget and ahead of schedule.
He thanked members of Acacia Lodge and the Molong Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association for their dedication, persistence and hard work to make these units a reality.
The Mayor also paid tribute to Cabonne Council’s Community Services Manager Gary Brown, who worked very hard over many years on this project and acted as Council’s project manager liaising with Hines Constructions throughout the building process.