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Council defers request from Legacy

Thursday, 30th January, 2014

By Erica Visser

The future of war widows living within Legacy Units could soon be known, with the release of City Council’s exit plan for the closure of its Shorty O’Neil Village (SOV).

The units are located at Gossan Street on the same grounds as SOV, which is due to close in March 2016. 

Whilst the units were paid for using grants and funds raised by Legacy, they were “on Council land and under Council ownership”, according to Council General Manager Therese Manns.

Ms Manns said that an “exit strategy” for SOV would likely be presented to Council at its next monthly meeting, on February 26.

Legacy is in discussions with Council regarding the future of its units after SOV closes.

At its January meeting last night, Council voted to defer a request from Legacy to fund verandas on five units via an interest-free loan from the charity.

Councillors would now await the release of the exit plan before they make a decision on the matter.

Labor Councillor Branko Licul said the motion should be deferred until Council could “see what effect the exit strategy will have.”

Clr Bob Algate said that residents paid a “substantial figure to get in” to Legacy units and voted against the deferral.

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