Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Partnership Provides Respite

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Partnership Provides Respite

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OCTOBER 19, 2016 is a significant milestone in the history of Port Curtis Day Respite Centre.

The date marks 20 years since the official opening of the Rossella Street premises.

Their journey commenced in 1993 on the back of a growing demand for day respite for seniors.

After a public meeting of interested parties, the Port Curtis Day Respite Association was formed.

Respite services provide an opportunity for carers to get a break, and seniors get to attend everyday activities with others in a social setting.

In 1995 Port Curtis Day Respite Association would become the sole entity responsible for respite care services for seniors in Gladstone. The association was incorporated, allowing the organisation to access various funding streams -- and as the numbers requiring care increased, the first funding application was to construct a purpose-built respite centre.

The centre stands today at 36 Rossella Street, with the construction a true community undertaking.

The land was provided by Queenland Department of Health, with Gladstone Port Authority (now GPC) donating time and equipment to prepare the earthworks. The local councils of the day, Gladstone City and Calliope Shire, were also involved in bringing the centre to life -- Gladstone City Council constructing roadworks and Calliope Shire Council responsible for landscaping.

Local building company Faycote Pty Ltd was appointed builder for the project with Gladstone architectural firm John Bright & Associates the driving force behind the centre's design.

In 2015 Port Curtis Day Respite merged with another long-term community organisation, Gladstone Community Linking Agency (GCLA). The synergies between both community organisations made the decision simple and the merged entity is now responsible for the management and provision of respite services within the aged care sector in Gladstone.

This initiated a new era with GCLA leading the way into the future -- strengthening the level of service management. …

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