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

RangeCare: an abbreviated history

  • NDC was formed in 1984 to provide community services.

  • In 1986 the Montville Care Group was formed. The 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. Initial services provided 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 1991 the group became the Blackall Range Care Group and expanded its services along the length of the Blackall Range from Mapleton to Maleny.

  • At the time we had 6 staff members and volunteers who operated in Nambour (NDC).

  • ​Then in 1995 the Group received a grant to build a Day Respite Centre (The Care Cottage), and Mrs Patricia Rowe was appointed as the first full-time paid Coordinator. At the same time, the Nambour centre was moved to Doolan Street and a clubhouse for the Young Ones was added with the help of the Apex club.  

  • On March 21st, 1996 The Range Care Flaxton Cottage was officially opened.

  • ​ In 1998 the first BRCG Maleny Office opened in a room at the Maleny Hospital

  • ​By 2000 BRCG had grown to 8 staff members who were assisted by 70 volunteers to look after more than 100 clients across the Range from Mapleton to Maleny. ​

  • ​ In 2007 Federal, State and Local governments provided funding for a new administration block and overnight respite facility which opened in 2008.

  • In 2009 NDC marketed 25 years of service. 

  • In 2011 an office was built at the Maleny Hospital grounds.

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

  • In 2017 RangeCare went from an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee.

  • RangeCare opened its first op shop in May 2018, which relies on the generosity of the local community to donate quality goods.

  • In 2018 RangeCare merged with Nambour & District Care, and as a result, is now servicing clients all over the Sunshine Coast.

  • In 2021 RangeCare received funding to open a Day and Overnight Respite Centre and provide home care packages in the Gympie community.