Leaving the past behind
RESIDENTS of Murwillumbah's Mountain View Retirement Village are hoping to put more than a decade of past controversies behind them and promote the bright side of their community of more than 400 people.
The huge complex to the west of the town with views to Mount Warning has had more than its fair share of publicity in recent years following changes of management and disagreements about fees.
But a member of the residents' executive committee Ian Ross says a band of forward-thinking directors and other residents are now looking on the bright side and want to show off their community as more than an old-people's home.
"One of our members pointed out the other day that people drive past Mountain View and see it as an old-aged home," Mr Ross said.
"They don't see the vibrant village below where almost 400 people are living in independent living units. Then we have the lodge, housing some 50 residents in the serviced apartments."
Mr Ross said originally when the Church of England sold the land to the Moran Health group it was with the proviso "that they build an old-aged home" and that description had stuck in the minds of people in Murwillumbah.
"The fact is that the village is an incredible asset to the town as most business people recognise.
"There wouldn't be a day go by where an electrician , a plumber and other tradespeople along with trucks delivering goods... are not seen somewhere in the village."
Mr Ross said Mountain View was not a normal retirement village as residents all own their units and come under strata-title legislation.
"The village is actually a self-supporting and self-funded town where we supply all the normal necessities of a town such as roads, water, electricity, lighting, pathways, clothes lines, gardens, with none of it being a burden to the Tweed Shire," he said.