The residents of Ilumba Gardens Village, Kelso, will receive $17,599 from the NSW Government to complete the refurbishment of the Ilumba Retirement Village Kelso Osbourne Hall.
In announcing the grant, Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said, “The NSW Government recognises the importance of proactively allocating funds to improve the health and welfare of its senior citizens. The personal benefit to our elders is immediately obvious.”
“Our elderly members of the community have significantly felt the impact of isolation and lockdowns, now it is time to reconnect in person and this refurbishment will allow residents and members of The Whiddon Group to do so in comfort.”
“The many senior residents of Bathurst in the Whiddon Kelso family have made, and in many cases continue to make, a powerful contribution to the social infrastructure and life of our city and region. The refurbished hall will give them a place to come together to socialise and relax.”
The grant will assist the Ilumba Gardens Residents Committee to complete the refurbishment of Osbourne Recreation Hall. The grant funds will be used for the purchase of armchairs, lounge chairs and kitchen improvements allowing for a broader range of catering options. When completed, Osbourne Hall will be equipped to provide for a wider range of social activities including luncheons, indoor games, exercise classes, movies and meetings.
Ilumba Gardens Resident Committee Chairperson Steve Buckley said, “Village residents are extremely grateful to our local member Paul Toole and the Government of NSW for recognising the importance of a wide range of recreational activities to quality health and welfare outcomes for seniors.”
“Osbourne Hall is an important community asset, benefiting not only the residents of the Ilumba Gardens Village but also the residents of Whiddon Kelso Hostel and the many Bathurstians supported by Whiddon Community Care.”
“This grant allows the Residents Committee to develop and implement an extensive range of programs that would not have otherwise been possible“.