Care for old people in Alice Springs will get a boost with a $6.6m expansion program at the Old Timers Village, part of Frontier Services, which is now entering its second century of serving The Centre.
At the Old Timers Village on the South Stuart Highway, Flynn Lodge – at the northern end of the complex – will double in size with a 20 bed extension.
These will be for "high care" occupants.
An administration centre will be built south of the museum.
The Old Timers Home will also undergo extensive renovations to the Rosetta Flynn Wing at the front of the complex.
The Hetti Perkins Home in Percy Court, entirely for Aboriginal people and also run by Frontier Services, will double in size from 40 to 80 beds.
It has the full range of care.
PHOTOS: At top – Margaret Pickard in the showpiece front yard of her and her husband's cottage. Above right – Jocelyn Rose is tended by Vimbai Macheza.
Kay Eade, Executive Officer of the Chamber of Commerce in Alice Springs, joins our Food for Thought panel this week.
When things get tough the tough get going. Kay strutted a no-nonsense attitude at a string of recent public functions: Enough talk. Here are her views of what action the town needs.
When Alice Springs was going through difficult times during the summer of 2011, I contacted many regional Chambers to find out if their communities were experiencing similar issues, and if so, what were they doing to combat the problem.
Most of them were, or had been, having difficulties with lawlessness which added to businesses operating expenses.
One topic which kept being raised was that of welfare payments. Many of the Chambers I contacted stated that their community believed that welfare was hindering the progress of their regions.