Cowra Retirement Village looks to buy closed Southern Cross Care (NSW and ACT) aged care facility in Harden

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Cowra Retirement Village Ltd, which provides independent living for people over 55, residential aged care and community home services, has announced plans to expand.

CEO Scott Kable said the community owned, Not For Profit organisation, known locally as ”Bilyara”, want to recommission the former St Lawrence aged care facility in Harden following its closure by Southern Cross Care (NSW and ACT) in January this year.

Cowra Retirement Village will undertake due diligence to determine the feasibility and sustainability of the Harden facility to ensure it delivers the same high standards of care delivered by suitably experienced and qualified staff as at its Cowra facility,” Mr Kable said.

“The values of the recommissioned facility will focus on choice, respect, dignity and empowerment for all residents.”

Cowra Retirement Village Board Chair, Ian Donges AO (pictured above), said there would be community consultation before the purchase of the Harden facility, which is 338km south-west of Sydney.

“Over the coming weeks we will be engaging with the Harden Murrumburrah Regional Development Corporation and the community at all levels to start building a relationship of co-operation and mutual respect that we trust will result in the ongoing provision of a sustainable and high quality residential aged care facility to the people of Harden and district,” Mr Donges said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack said he welcomed the plans.

“This is terrific news for the Harden-Murrumburrah community, particularly those families needing aged care services closer to home,” Mr McCormack said.