Bindaree board dissolved to make way for new operator

BINDAREE Lodge Management Board was officially dissolved this week, making way for Sunshine Coast operator Sundale to take over the Boyne Island aged-care facility.

The committee heads told a public meeting on Monday night at the Tannum Sands CWA Hall that residents would be well looked after and staff would keep their entitlements.

They had also had talks about possibly having some local representatives to keep an eye on things.

When asked what was "in it" for Sundale, the board said it was obvious they showed an interest in retirement villages and could see the business potential in the Boyne Island site, "but we see it as saving the facility".

The handover will take place in July.

Former treasurer Greg Bailey said people had to understand that "not-for-profit" wasn't the same as "not profitable".

"It means there's no distribution to shareholders," he said.

"We weren't making a profit, and that was our problem.''

Gladstone Regional Councillor Maxine Brushe, who was secretary on the board, said it was a sad day for her, but she was confident it was the best decision.

"I feel comfortable it will go to Sundale. I knew our future wasn't bright," she said.

"The Friends of Bindaree have been keeping us alive for a long time and full credit to them."

Cr Brushe was part of the original group who helped fundraise $500,000 in 1991 to ensure a dream was created.

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