More retirement units needed in Mathoura

By Ivy Jensen

DEMAND for additional retirement living in Mathoura has prompted an application for NSW Government funding.

Murray River Council has submitted an application for two extra units to be built at the Mathoura Retirement Living facility from its share of Stronger Country Communities Funding.

Mathoura Retirement Living management committee president Marie Crack said if approved, the stage two development would add to the three two-bedroom and six single units already included in the complex.

‘‘All our units are occupied, and there are others who are interested,’’ she said.

‘‘We have already purchased a block opposite the existing units for development . . . now we just need the money (to build).

‘‘It would be a great thing if we could get it.

‘‘Our single units facing Stevens St were built in the 1980s and demand has grown from there.

‘‘We have a lot of older people living in Mathoura, and many have already had to move away (because of a lack of retirement living).’’

Mrs Crack said of those showing interest in retirement living was one local who has been on the waiting list for several years.

That is why she is hopeful extra units can be built earlier, rather than later.

Mrs Crack said it was unlikely there would be a stage three for the project, given the limited space for development near the existing units.

But she said plans for a retirement living facility at Deniliquin could accommodate the overflow of retirees.