Carol Altmann – The Terrier
Yes, Lyndoch Living has a corporate tent at the May Races this year.
Yes, there is a gorgeous marquee decked out with stunning plants and there are goodie bags promoting the Waterfront Living apartments, because, well, how else could you possibly spend aged care funds in the wake of a Royal Commission into Aged Care?
On something meaningful and lasting? Sadly, no.
And why not have a corporate tent for three days at the races when there was a confirmed scabies outbreak in Lyndoch less than a week ago?
Far away from that itchy mess, the only scratching to be seen in the corporate tent is that on the form guide.
And why not spend aged care funds setting up a corporate tent when Lyndoch has recorded a string of deficits these past five years?
The estimated cost of the tent and catering is $40,000 for three days, which is on top of the $200,000, three-year sponsorship of the Grand Annual Steeplechase.
And heck, why shouldn’t Lyndoch corporates and invited guests be able to let their hair down after the stress of hearing Lyndoch’s former acting Chief Financial Officer say he doesn’t support its proposed $22 million medical clinic and, as a private citizen, he fears for Lyndoch’s financial future.
Nobody has a problem with Lyndoch residents enjoying a day out in the bus, placing a few bets and having a glass of bubbles, before retiring home for a cup of tea.
But the community is not stupid: this whole race-week get up is not about the residents.
The residents are a shield for the blatant fact that Lyndoch is spending tens of thousands a year on the horse racing industry.
Drink up! Eat up! Go you good things!
Does any other aged care home in Australia do such a thing? I doubt it.
As a community, do we accept it?