Independent candidate pushes for Aboriginal aged care precinct in NSW’s Nambucca Valley

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Carolyn “Caz” Heise, a “teal” independent running for the seat of Cowper on the NSW Mid North Coast, has thrown her support behind a First Nations seniors living and aged care precinct in Bowraville.

Speaking to News of the Area, Ms Heise (above, centre) – who has worked in nursing, aged care, and disability care – said she had met with Nambucca Valley Elders to discuss the idea modelled on the Booroongen Djugun facility at Kempsey, NSW, and that if elected, she would work with stakeholders to see it come to fruition.

“There is clearly a great need for a culturally appropriate centre in Bowraville where First Nations seniors can live safe, healthy and active lives, and then get all the care they need on Country when they lose their independence.

“I’d be very happy for the Commonwealth government to support the proposal because I can see amazing benefits flowing to the whole Bowraville community.

“Apart from the many ways it would enrich and protect the lives of ageing First Nations people, there would be jobs created during the construction phase, and then jobs when it becomes operational,” she said.

Cowper’s Nationals MP Pat Conaghan and Labor candidate Keith McMullen have been contacted for comment.