RECENT changes to the management of Bindaree Lodge should have no adverse effect upon the Friends of Bindaree fundraisers, whose funds will continue to help the aged-care home.

Over the past few years, the Friends have donated more than $100,000 to the home for numerous projects including co-contributions for a new bus and solar panels.

Other improvements include facilities such as washing machines, call-bell systems and a chill-blast freezer as well as others specifically for the residents' comfort, including height-adjustable chairs, medically reclining beds and other mobility aids.

Friends of Bindaree president Andrew Bannerman said operations would be running as they had in the past.

"We have confidence in the agreement," he said.

"They're going to protect the Bindaree name."

He said the garage sale facility, at the back of the lodge in Boyne Island, started as a small operation in 1996.

"It grew from a tiny garage into a monster," he said, adding it had grown to cover three large sheds dealing with second-hand materials such as clothing, shoes, manchester, bric-a-brac, furniture and books.

There's even a men's section for fishing tackle, electronics and handy man items.

"There are a willing band of volunteers of about 45 people who manage to sort, price, and display the items," said treasurer Gary Wigg.

"We're the envy of an awful lot of people because we've got such a wide selection."

The weekly Wednesday garage sale from 7.30-11.30am is so popular they can get up to 700 people, and the monthly Saturday sessions begin at 7am.



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