During the annual Cooinda Fete on Saturday, 28 October, Coonabarabran’s aged care facility also took time out to recognise a significant milestone - 40 years since the opening of the Cooinda Hostel in 1977.
Now firmly entrenched in the fabric of the Coonabarabran community, the vision for a dedicated aged care facility began in 1974.
The original project sprang from a group discussion on the housing needs of the aged in the district and the plight of the elderly living at home.
Driven by steering committee members Reverend Angus Ewin, Dr Allan Kerr, Mr John Redden and Mr Ron Dive, the group investigated the possibilities of establishing a complex to cater for the aged care needs of the community.
Their vision became a reality three years later when Senator Margaret Guilfoyle, Minister for Social Services, officially opened the Cooinda Hostel.
This was the first of many buildings on the site, including the expansion of the Nursing Home, Day Therapy Centre, Lodge and Merryula.
Forty years on, Cooinda is still growing with a new $5 million project to expand the nursing home currently underway.
Cooinda’s general manager, Leanne Redfern, said the fete was the perfect way to acknowledge the history
of Cooinda and the 40th anniversary of its opening.
“A lot of community people were involved in the beginning of Cooinda,” Mrs Redfern said.
“We wouldn’t have the facility that we have today, without the passion of those people.”