Haven for the tough times
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.
OPENING: Kookaburra Place .