Time is ticking for Cooinda Court, with the board still waiting on an outcome of their request to purchase its land from Murrumbidgee Local Health District.
“We’ve been waiting months to get a firm price from Murrumbidgee Health, we’re eagerly awaiting news,” board president Patricia Butler said.
Brett Thompson, MLHD director of operations said they are waiting for advice from Property NSW.
“The proposed disposal of the Cooinda Court property to Junee Hostel for the Aged Inc has been referred to Property NSW for approval in accordance with government guidelines,” he said.
Until finalised, the board have little direction on how big a task lies ahead of them.
A number of the current 21 residents were part of the original fundraising effort to build the home 30 years ago.
“Some of them have had some anxiety around the process, they’re worried. The majority do believe there will a positive outcome and Cooinda will be secure,” Ms Butler said.
Ms Butler said the raffle to raise funds has been incredibly well supported by Junee businesses and Wagga hotels, with around 70 books sold.
The huge raffle will be drawn at a devonshire morning tea at Cooinda Court on Februrary 10 from 10.30am, with everybody welcome.
Tickets are still available at Cooinda Court and Re/MAX.
The unimproved value of the land is approximately $140,000, however current market value is between $500,000 and $1 million according to initial talks with MLHD.
Former State MP Katrina Hodgkinson wrote a submission to have the land transferred at unimproved capital value.
If unsuccessful, the future of the facility may be in jeopardy.