OUR HISTORY 

RangeCare, formerly known as the Blackall Range Care Group, was established in 1986.  We offer the full range of in-home and respite services to support people to live independently.

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RangeCare: an abbreviated history

  • Nambour & District Care who are now a division of the Blackall Range Care Group Ltd was established in 1985.

  • 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. The initial services provided at the time included a comfort group for special support, someone to talk to on the telephone, maintenance of lawns and off jobs, nursing care, drivers to medical facilities and Meals on Wheels in the Montville area.

  • In 1987 the organization received a grant from HACC (Home and Community Care) to appoint a part time nurse. Personal grooming and personal shopping services were also available to clients.

  • In 1988 the nurse was employed full-time and regular bus outings for clients was offered.

  • During April 1989 the Care Group received sanction by the Justice Department to operate as a charitable organization.

  • In 1990 the Group’s Meals on Wheels Service arranged meals to be collected from a kitchen in Nambour and collected by volunteer drivers in Mapleton.

  • 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 August 1991 there were 6 staff members and volunteers who operated NDC. The social group had grown so they moved to the hall in Burnside at the entrance to Rotary Garden Village and met each Tuesday.

  • In January 1992 the name change was approved by the Department of Justice. The trustee from 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.

  • By 1995 the operating days were extended to Monday Tuesday Wednesday and eventually was moved to Doolan Street and a club house for the Young Ones was added with the help of the Apex club. Day respite was increased to 5 days a week.

  • 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.

  • In 1997 the existing garage, also funded by the community was extended to make room for more storage.

  • 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 2003 an office was opened in Maleny and a kitchen Manager was employed.

  • In 2006 The Group celebrated 20 years of service on the Range. After the death of inaugural Patron Laurie Delaney, Ian Rolle and Thady Ryan were appointed as new Patrons.

  • 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 2008 a new administration building and overnight respite facility was opened. Peter Wellington and Past President Andrew Melville were added as patrons. A time capsule was raised in March and was reburied in the same location after the Annual General meeting.

  • In 2009 approval was received from the Australian Government for the delivery of 10 Community Aged Care Packages 2 Extended Aged Care at Home & 2 Extended Aged Care at Home for people with Dementia.

  • In 2010 an offer from Queensland Health for a tenancy in the Maleny Hospital grounds. A transportable building was purchased and in 2011 it was located the Hospital grounds.

  • September 2011 marked 25 years of service to the Blackall Range Group.

  • RangeCare opened its first op shop in May 2018 and relies on the generosity of the local community to donate quality, pre-loved clothing, shoes, bric-a-brac, household items, small furniture items, and children’s toys.

  • In 2018 RangeCare acquired Nambour & District Care and as a result we are now servicing clients all over the Sunshine Coast.

  • On 1st September 2020 Nambour & District Care formally become known as RangeCare.

Head Office

PO BOX 140, Montville, QLD 4560

info@brcg.org.au

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 07 5445 7044

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