Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun 2 Project Director Keith Nugent and GCCOA president Edgar Allen at the committee’s AGM yesterday.
Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun 2 Project Director Keith Nugent and GCCOA president Edgar Allen at the committee’s AGM yesterday. Kerri-Anne Mesner

GCCOA re-elects executives

THERE was no such thing as out with the old and in with the new at the Gladstone Central Committee on the Ageing (GCCOA) Annual General Meeting yesterday.

All committee and executives were re-elected unopposed, with Edgar Allen still at the helm as president.

Mr Allen said it had been a very busy and positive year with the opening of the internet kiosk, federal government funding for the committee’s retirement village ongoing project, the construction of more retirement units, the selling of units and future plans for more to be built.

He said the internet kiosk’s computer classes were so popular that by the time he decided to sign up, there was a six-month waiting list.

There was an additional item to the meeting, with Rio Tinto Alcan’s Yarwun 2 Project presenting the committee with a donation of $100,000.

Project director Keith Nugent said the announcement was the final instalment in an agreement between Rio Tinto Alcan and GCCOA to house personnel from the Yarwun 2 Project construction workforce.

He said Rio Tinto Alcan entered into an agreement with the committee in 2008 which involved the leasing of newly constructed units at commercial rates until July 2010.

“The units then became available as affordable accommodation for the aged at subsidised rents,” Mr Nugent said.

As a result of the partnership about half a million dollars was saved by the GCCOA in interest payments.

Mr Allen suggested the new wing of the village could be named the Rio Tinto wing.



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