RangeCare: an abbreviated history
In 1986 the Montville Care Group was formed. The principal objectives of the Group were to assist elderly people in Flaxton and Montville to maintain their independence, and to help their families in times of crisis.
In 1991 the group became the Blackall Range Care Group and spread its services along the length of the Blackall Range from Mapleton to Maleny.
In 1992 the old Flaxton school site was transferred to the Group's control, the land was cleared of scrub and the building renovated. Then in 1995 the Group received a HACC grant to build a Day Respite Centre (The Care Cottage), and Mrs Patricia Rowe was appointed as the first full time paid Coordinator.
On March 21st, 1996 "The Range Care Cottage" was officially opened by Dr John Menzies, Regional Director, Queensland Health. Later that year the Group took delivery of a 22 seater Toyota Coaster bus funded by HACC which was specially modified with a hydraulic lift to cater for wheelchair clients. In 1998 the first BRCG Maleny Office opened in a room at the Maleny Hospital. This was followed by 2 other leased offices before a return to the Hospital grounds in 2011.
By 2000 the Group had grown to 8 staff members assisted by 70 volunteers to look after more than 100 clients across the Range from Mapleton to Maleny. Over the next 5 years, an Administration extension was built, the verandah was enclosed to make an extra activity room, the kitchen was upgraded, and air-conditioning was installed in the Cottage.
In 2007 Tricia Rowe retired, and Thea Caffin was appointed as the new Manager. Federal, State and Local governments provided funding for a new administration block and overnight respite facility.
In 2010 a public meeting in Maleny about the expansion of services and facilities received overwhelming local support. Maleny Hospital & Qld Health agreed to a lease in the hospital grounds, and a transportable building was installed as a base for Maleny staff and clients in June 2011.
In 2016, the group began trading as RangeCare and started to prepare for the introduction of the NDIS in the region
Today, RangeCare employs more than 130 staff, has more than 180 volunteers and provides care services to more than 1,200 clients.