Haven for the tough times

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - Amani Vas­sil­iou Amani.Vas­sil­iou@chin­chillanews.com.au

THE self­less hard work of Ta­room Shire Cancer and Pal­lia­tive Care Group was on full dis­play at the open­ing of their new kitchen on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14.

Over the years the group has been aided by com­mu­nity sup­port to con­tinue help­ing those in need. They aim to help those fac­ing dis­abil­ity, ter­mi­nal ill­ness, or re­cov­er­ing from ac­ci­dents by pro­vid­ing mobility/ as­sis­tance equip­ment, and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

In their quest to ad­dress the ac­com­mo­da­tion needs of those with loved ones in hospi­tal, the group set their sights on the old nurse’s quar­ters. At the time, Queens­land Health was ask­ing a fair price of $90,000 for the build­ing, but the group’s pres­i­dent and trea­surer were able to bro­ker a deal in which they would pay $1 for the build­ing with con­di­tions.

Many ren­o­va­tions driven by com­mu­nity sup­port later, in­clud­ing the new kitchen, the build­ing is to­day known as Kook­aburra Place.

Group vice-pres­i­dent Gerry Rose said the kitchen al­lowed them to “pro­vide a won­der­ful respite to those in need”.

“When some­one passes away we make Kook­aburra Place avail­able if pos­si­ble so the fam­ily and friends can be to­gether,” Mr Rose said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

OPEN­ING: Kook­aburra Place .

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