THE Friends of Sea View House has secured the $300,000 it needs as start-up capital to operate Sea View House as a supported residential service.
Friends’ steering committee chairwoman Myra Bourke was jubilant on Friday after receiving notification from the Bendigo Bank that the group had access to $300,000.
The $300,000 was the figure the Portland District Health board of management said the friends’ group would need as start-up capital to ensure the long-term viability of the SRS.
PDH will stop operating Sea View House as an SRS later this month and is expected to hand control of the facility to a five-member community-based board initiated by the committee.
Mrs Bourke said there were still approvals to be received from the Department of Health to keep Sea View House operating, but she was now far more confident of a smooth changeover than she had been a few months ago.
PDH board president Mike Noske said he was pleased the group had reached the target.
“There are only a few issues remaining that we need to be satisfied of, but they are only minor,” he said.
“We have always said we will stop operating the facility from January 25, and it has always been agreed that if there is a short period before the new operators can sign the lease, the Friends’ group will assume responsibility in the short term for making arrangements for the small number of existing residents at Sea View House.”