Reprieve for carers

RESIDENTS of Lakeside Village in Bibra Lake have voted to keep their hired helpers by the narrowest margin.

Last week at the retirement home’s strata meeting, a motion to drop the emergency response  assisstants and have just an off-site call system was defeated 70-71.

• Moya Bruce helped 90-year-old Peggy Grieves and her daughter Laura Casey lobby to keep carers at Lakeside Village. File

The issue had split the complex with some arguing it was being pushed by younger, more able-bodied residents because they didn’t need the ERAs, while the other side says tough economic times makes the $50-$60 monthly savings “huge”.

Despite their win, supporters of the carers say they’re under no illusion the issue will be raised again.

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