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Hello Farina Supporters

Below is a letter from Tom Harding. Also attached is a diagram of the medical room of which he speaks.

Newsletter 69 Farina 2018

For the 2017 program, in addition to general works carried out on site, we were able to build Patterson House (Visitor Centre) to stage 1 lock up.

This was assisted by a 1:1 $63,000 South Australian Government grant. (We subscribed $63,000 from our own resources and donated funds).

This year, whilst a Federal grant application is being processed, no decision will happen before July. This means, grant or no grant, it will be too late to assist the 2018 program.

After careful budget study, and with advance material purchases on hand, we will be able to move the building forward to stage 2 lock up (complete building shell ) over the 2018 work program, with our own resources.

This gives us the advantage of a more considered stage 3 process, interior layout and equipping, all of which will happen in the 2019 program.

We sought a grant last year from the South Australian Regional Safety Grants to set up a medical room in the FRG Operations Centre. Unfortunately this was not granted.

Space has been set aside at the eastern bay of the structure adjoining the kitchen/meeting room and the Admin office.
To date, we have installed carpet tiles, 12v and 240v power and we have a handbasin in place. We “gained” a hospital bed with the close down of Leigh Creek Hospital.

In order to complete this room we need to:

Install a 1 meter wide door assembly, with outer stainless steel mesh and solid timber door. Cost $1300

Obtain and install a 600mm x 1000mm highlight window for light and ventilation
Cost $1200

Obtain and install a Bosch Hydropower hot water system, including a security cage outside.
Cost $1600

These prices exclude labour which will be done by volunteer tradesmen.

We have a grant to purchase a defibrillator. Its location is yet to be determined during the main tourist season. Its home “off” season is most likely to be in the medical room.

We would like this facility operational at the earliest possible time. As you can calculate we need $4000-plus to make it operational.

Can you help?

This is a facility where you can see precisely what you have contributed to, and it is permanent.

It will serve tourists and travelling public also, during those weeks that volunteers are present.

Donations can be tax deductible if forwarded by a cheque made out to Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, Farina Restoration Account to our Treasurer:
R Brownlee,
PO Box 2029,
Ivanhoe East 3079

Alternatively a donation could be made directly into our bank account:
Commonwealth Bank
BSB 065 115
Account: 1040 8713
Please mark Medical Room.

We are gratetful for your support.

Regards Tom Harding