Top disability services unite as NDIS prompts new plans
TWO of the region's top disability services are in the process of merging.
Maryborough's Town and Country Community Options president Lex Gorrie and Hervey Bay Community Access Association president Bev Turner announced the merger together last week.
Mr Gorrie said HBCAA was a good cultural fit for TCCO and the acquisition would formalise the long-standing relationship between the two organisations.
"The formally combined organisation will increase our capacity to deliver flexible and responsive services across the broader Fraser Coast regional area."
Ms Turner said the HBCAA board of management had made the decision to investigate merger after realising the association would struggle to be ready financially for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
"Merging with TCCO was a timely decision that will deliver the best possible outcome for our clients, families and staff."
TCCO's chief executive officer, Evan Munroe, said there were significant benefits in having a regional footprint, along with the benefits of scale to continue to deliver high quality services. Mr Gorrie said the combined organisation would operate under the TCCO name from the same offices in both Maryborough and Hervey Bay.
"We're here to make a difference to people's lives and this decision is about delivering the best possible outcomes for the people supported by us now and in the future.
"All staff will be kept fully informed throughout the implementation process, as will stakeholders and the people we support."
All services and programs will continue to operate as normal during the merger.