Alan Viegas, the senior in a battle with the Old Timers Village and his daughter Lisa Wilson over issues of personal freedom and substantial property, said this morning his home is not for sale. PHOTO: Much of the town turns out to raise money for the Old Timers at its annual fete, but the treatment of involuntary resident Mr Viegas casts a shadow over the iconic facility. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Have a string of actions taken about the property of Alan Viegas, 82, involuntary resident of the Old Timers Flynn Lodge, been under legislation that has been revoked? He has now regained control over his money, a past carer and campaigner for his rights discloses. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Questions arose in this office when the daughter of Mr Viegas was on the speaker phone.
Alan Viegas enjoyed a few minutes of freedom this morning. Then the doors slammed shut behind him and he is again locked in, against his clearly expressed will, in the Flynn Lodge, part of the iconic Old Timers Home in Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA report. Photo: Mr Viegas serving a legal document on the Old Timers manager, Anoop Thomas.
An 82-year-old former air traffic controller says he was tricked into signing over Power of Attorney to his daughter and now is being kept a virtual prisoner in Flynn Lodge at Old Timers. He, and two of his former carers, spoke to ERWIN CHLANDA.
Australian Regional and Remote Community Services (ARRCS) begins operating aged care services in the Northern Territory today, including the Old Timers in Alice Springs, all of whose staff have joined the new company.
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.
If you're serious about spending the rest of your days in The Alice, chances are someone will pop the question: Got your booking in at the Old Timers?
And chances are it won't be at all an unfamiliar place: each year thousands of locals spend the second Saturday in August there, buying jams and books, dolls and clothing, getting their face painted, riding a hurdy gurdy, entertaining the crowd with a song or just having Devonshire Tea.
The fete is run entirely by volunteers, as Old Timers village manager Mary Miles explains in the film clip.
The interstate network of Frontier Services of the Uniting Church also kicks in: parishes in NSW, Victoria and South Australia send boxes of goodies – knitted goods, children's wear, coat hangers and knee rugs – seven trestle tables full.
Locals supply home made cakes, marmalades, and preserves. You can buy books by the box – $6 a small one or $10 a big one.
Anything new this year, the 44th fete? Nope. People like it the way it is – and was.
How many people go? Thousands. How much money is made? It was $64,000 last year. This year's takings are still being counted.
While in some places aged care homes exist on the fringe, this one thrives in the very hearts of the people of Alice Springs. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.