Sunshine Coast operator takes over Bindaree aged care

AGED care in Boyne Island is set for a shake-up as a Sunshine Coast operator plans to take over the community-owned Bindaree Lodge.

The voluntary Bindaree Lodge Management Board saw the move as an opportunity to secure the 18-year-old care organisation's long-term future.

It believes Sundale Ltd's ownership will benefit residents, their families, staff and local suppliers of goods and services.

The change of ownership and operating responsibility will take effect from July 1 this year.

The Friends of Bindaree have been assured their garage sale operations would continue as normal, with a written assurance that all funds raised so far, and into the future, will be spent to improve Bindaree Lodge.

Bindaree Lodge Management Board president Chris Bailey said most stand-alone aged care facilities, particularly smaller operations in regional communities, were struggling to survive.

"Bindaree is no exception," she said.

"This will ensure that Bindaree Lodge can continue into the future, caring for the elderly, providing employment, and benefiting other businesses within the greater Gladstone community."

Also not-for-profit, Sundale Ltd operates six aged care centres, and a range of other community services, on the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Districts in Queensland.

Mrs Bailey said some of the board's members, who had visited a number of Sundale's facilities on the Sunshine Coast and in the coast's hinterland areas, had been impressed by their care philosophy, innovation, and ability to grow and improve their range of services.

"Sundale will provide guidance and management support to enhance, and possibly expand, the residential care services currently conducted by Bindaree Lodge," she said.

A special meeting will be held at 7pm on March 31, at the Tannum Sands CWA Hall.