Southern Cross Care Queensland tipped to add closed aged care facility to portfolio

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A third party, believed to be Not for Profit Southern Cross Care Queensland, is in talks with Western Downs Regional Council to take over its closed Tarcoola Aged Care Facility in the town of Tara, 298km west-northwest of Brisbane’s CBD.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh has told a committee formed to try and save the 33-bed home that talks were ongoing with a third party to provide an aged care facility in Tara.

“The committee is happy with the council’s co-operation throughout the process and MP David Littleproud has been a source of continuous support throughout the entire process,” said Allan Bougoure, committee president.

Western Downs Regional Council voted to close Tarcoola Aged Care facility in July, stating unacceptable staffing levels posed too great a risk for residents. The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission had accredited the home.

A handful of residents have been moved to other facilities across Queensland, with one being taken to Southern Cross Care’s Illoura Village in Chinchilla, which topped Federal Government’s 2020 Aged Care Approvals Round for capital works.

Neither the council nor Southern Cross Care QLD would confirm the reports, but it is understood an announcement on the future of the facility is imminent.

Southern Cross Care QLD operates 10 residential care facilities across the state including in Chinchilla and Taroom on the Western Downs.