ALBURY-Wodonga’s carer and patient accommodation centre is ready for guests, but red tape is holding up its official opening.
Committee member Alf Armstrong said the centre was waiting on the Albury council for an occupancy certificate and hoped to receive guests tomorrow.
“There’s been a lot of mucking around with the fire protection requirements,” Mr Armstrong said.
“With a bit of luck, we’ll have people here on Tuesday.
“We’ve got several people waiting to stay.”
A cheque hand-over was held at “Hilltop” on Saturday to acknowledge $12,500 raised in a unique fund-raising venture organised by the Lavington Panthers Cricket Club.
Four major sponsors, Tradelink Plumbing Supplies, Ray White Albury, Wodonga Prestige Volkswagen and the Insight Clinic, bid for the best Border cricketers to form teams.
St Patrick’s batsman Luke Restall went for the highest price of $5000.
The four teams then battled it out in four Twenty20 games.
The cricket club has raised $60,000 in the past two years which it has distributed between the Hilltop centre and the Give Me Five For Kids fund-raiser for the children’s ward at Albury Base Hospital.
Mr Armstrong said the latest cheque would go towards furniture and fittings for the centre, with the committee a little less than $100,000 from its target.
“We want the public to keep going with the really great generosity it’s shown so far so we can finish off this last little bit of funding we need to achieve,” Mr Armstrong said.
“We want to acknowledge the work done by the Lavington Panthers Cricket Club and their sponsors, particularly Gary Tonkin.”