Kiama Council considering offloading Blue Haven RAC home and Bonaira Independent Living Units

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The NSW South Coast is looking to offload its Blue Haven residential aged care home and its Bonaira Independent Living Units after finding the facilities were “not financially viable”.

The Council’s new CEO Jane Stroud found that Blue Haven and Bonaira accounts are part of the overall Council operations. However, Council presented a financial report showing Blue Haven’s losses were worsening. Its losses were over $94,000 on 28 February.

Councillors have been told:

  • A meeting has been held with Wendy Tuckerman, NSW Minister for Local Government, over the separation of accounts
  • Council is currently preparing for an audit on Blue Haven by the Federal Government to ensure quality standards are being met
  • The original cost for building Blue Haven was $56 million but it ended up costing the Council $106 million.

Council went into a confidential session to select a “preferred company to facilitate asset and options exploration for Blue Haven”.