20 October 2016
Katie Rose Cottage Future is Certain and Bright
State Member for Noosa Glen Elmes joined with the original Katie Rose Cottage management and team of loyal volunteers today to inspect the operation’s new accommodation at Blueberry Drive, Black Mountain.
“In what has been a tumultuous time since the Katie Rose Cottage became the Sunshine Hospice and was subsequently closed by the Board in December last year, the original and much loved team are back and the community and volunteers are right beside them.
“I am so proud of the Katie Rose Cottage believers for working so hard to retain the model of palliative care they and the community firmly believed in; speaking up when they felt they had been silenced; demanding justice when the balance of power was against them; and, for never giving up on their mission to restore hope to so many.
“While we cannot predict where, when and if the Sunshine Hospice, which is now a separate entity, may open its private hospital facility on the Sunshine Coast, we do know that the Katie Rose Cottage has secured an interim premises from which they intend to restore services and care to the many patients and their families who have been left without, when they needed it most.
“I call upon the Sunshine Hospice Board in an act of good will to return all of the medical and maintenance equipment, furnishings and donations to the new re-energised Katie Rose Cottage Hospice.
“While I wish the Board of the Sunshine Hospice the best, their plan could take months if not years to come to fruition and I ask that the Board let the equipment that has been donated to Katie Rose Cottage, be used by Katie Rose Cottage, for the benefit of the community now,” Mr Elmes said.