Brennan Centre committee discusses plans for expansion

The Brennan Centre Committee has plans to add another three units to their aged care complex in Linsley Street.

Plans to expand the Brennan Centre and build three new self-contained units were discussed at the Cobar Senior Citizens Amenities Organisation (also known as the Brennan Centre Committee) annual general meeting last week.
The Brennan Centre Committee is made up of volunteers and is responsible for oversee-ing the Brennan Centre residential complex, which provides self-care housing units for Cobar’s aged pensioners.
Former vice president, Barry Knight was elected as the new president at last week’s AGM, taking over the role from Stephen Dutton. Both have served in executive roles on the committee for many years.
Stephen told The Cobar Weekly he was pleased to be able to hand over the reins to Barry.
Stephen said with his growing out of town work commitments, he was happy to take a back seat and accepted the vice president position.
“I’m happy for Barry to steer the commit-tee in their new project,” Stephen said.
“It’s going to be a really busy time with fundraising and planning to build three more units,” Stephen said.
“We’ve got a waiting list of people want-ing units, we always have a waiting list, so we need to expand to meet the need.”
The Cobar Senior Citizens Amenities Cen-tre was built in 1966 and the self-contained units were later added in four different stag-es. The complex now has 18 units.
Barry said the committee has some funding in their kitty and is hoping they will be able to also access government funding that will enable them to carry out the build.
“We’re looking at different options at the moment and hope to be able to build the three new units on land we already own in Linsley Street,” Barry said.
At last week’s meeting Barry welcomed Colleen Boucher back as the group’s treasur-er and Janet Place as their newly elected secretary.
Janet has taken over from Margaret Potter who has done the job for many years. (Margaret left town earlier this year.)
Also elected to the new committee were Brennan Centre residents Faye Roberts, Pam Smith and Peter Driscoll as the residents’ representatives along with Elaine Burton and Phyllis Budd, who were elected to the gen-eral committee.