Formal Statement – WDRC and SCCQ Partnership

Mayor Paul McVeigh

2 September, 2021

Western Downs Regional Council is negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with not-for-profit provider Southern Cross Care Queensland for the possible transfer of Council’s residential aged and community care facilities and services.

The MOU covers the Tarcoola Aged Care Facility, Tara, and the Carinya Aged Care Facility, Miles, as well as the Council’s Community Home Care Services and associated assets in Western Downs.

At a special meeting on (September 2, 2021), Council voted to approve the MOU as the basis upon which to negotiate contracts to effect the transfer.

In a separate agreement, Council also agreed to appoint Southern Cross Care Queensland as interim managers of Tarcoola Aged Care Facility. This decision successfully secures the continuing operation of Tarcoola which had been facing closure because of staff shortages.

Negotiations with Southern Cross Care Queensland under the MOU are progressing well. Subject to a successful outcome, the proposed transfer of Council’s aged and community care facilities and services is expected to take until the end of March next year to complete.

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