THE Friends of Sea View House Inc steering committee is planning to take over the running of the Supported Residential Service (SRS) in early 2013.
The committee, which was officially incorporated earlier this week, is also seeking an extension from the Portland District Health (PDH) board of management for the presentation of its business plan to ensure it is able to meet all the guidelines set out by the board.
The board advised the committee last week of the lease price and stated that it wanted to be presented with the business plan by no later than July 23, to ensure all issues were addressed in a timely manner.
Committee chairperson Myra Bourke said they would be asking for an extension to that date, because some of the board’s requirements would take longer to be addressed.
“We are asking for the time frame to be extended to September 30, which will allow for the PDH board’s independent review of the business plan,” Mrs Bourke said.
“An example of the time frame being too short is that the Glenelg Shire Council requires two months to value the Sea View House building and give us a rate value and we needed this to have accurate figures in our business plan.”
Mrs Bourke said the September deadline would allow for all legal issues to be sorted through and for contracts to be signed, if everything was suitable, ready for a handover around February 1, 2013, because it takes 90 days for the transfer of a licence for an SRS.
The committee will be holding a Friends of Sea View House meeting on Tuesday night at the Portland Football Netball Cricket Club at 7.30pm, which is open to the community. The draft business plan will be presented at this meeting.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.