Embattled Sunshine Coast hospice is back - almost
KATIE Rose Cottage is back - almost.
Katie Rose Cottage co-founder Sue Story and volunteer Carol Raye have unveiled a new Katie Rose Cottage at Black Mountain's Cudgerie Estate.
The house was donated for indefinite use by co-founder Terry Clarke-Burrows.
However, it could be a number of weeks or even months before the new site welcomes its first guest.
"We have a little bit of work to do over the next month," Ms Story said.
"Obviously getting the charity licence set up, but we'll be asking the community to come and support us if there's anything they can help us with. Realistically, we hope six weeks."
The new cottage currently has room for two guests and subsequent staff, but modifications to cater for the elderly, such as ramps and handrails, will need to be installed.
Katie Rose Cottage Limited is waiting for confirmation as a registered charity and can accept sponsorships in the meantime but cannot accept donations.
Following successful registration, Ms Raye said the charity planned on funding the hospice by opening new op shops.
"We can restart now, with the company looking for premises in Cooroy, Tewantin and Noosaville," Ms Raye said.
"We have a business plan our general manager is working on."
The Sunshine Hospice board has removed palliative-care equipment from the closed hospice site in Doonan and Member for Noosa Glen Elmes said he was appalled to know it was going to waste.
"Having all of that equipment sitting in a garage somewhere degrading when it could be put to use here, in my view, is disgusting," Mr Elmes said.
The new hospice would be able to offer outreach services such as counselling and patient assessment immediately, but funding was needed before it could commit to employing medical staff.
Ms Raye said the public could get in contact with the Katie Rose team with questions, offers of support or sponsorship at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Now is really when we need the funds," Ms Raye said. "It would be so helpful if people could come forward with interest in sponsoring.
"Terry said to us: 'Katie Rose is coming home'. It's fantastic generosity to allow us to have this facility up and running."