Feros Care advises it will cease operations at Feros Village Byron Bay effective from 7am January 29, 2024.
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has accredited St Andrews Ballina for one year at the Byron Bay site following Crown Lands granting of a lease.
Feros Care has worked closely with St Andrews to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.
Despite the differences in what we believe should have transpired at the Byron Bay site we wish the residents, St Andrews and the Byron community well in this new chapter.
Our roots in Byron Bay run deep and we leave the Village with a great sense of pride having served the Byron Bay community for more than 33 years.
We stand by our decision
The campaign to keep the Village open in its current form, whilst successful, overlooks unassailable evidence that the buildings are non-compliant as a residential aged care home under the current requirements.
In closing Feros Village Byron Bay, Feros Care reaffirms that the buildings don’t meet today’s building requirements for a residential aged care facility under the Aged Care Act.
Without significant redevelopment requiring residents to relocate, there is no proposal that can bring the current buildings to the National Construction Code 9C requirements for residential aged care. This is based on the advice from local experts in town planning, bush fire management and building certification.
Feros Care had proposed a multi-million dollar investment in Byron Bay to build a different form of affordable accommodation for up to 80 seniors. This proposal would have met all the government building code requirements and housed twice the number of residents that the current non-compliant buildings can accommodate.
Feros Care Chief Executive Karen Crouch said, “Feros Care remains fully committed to serving hundreds of seniors in the region and 35,000 people nationally through its home and residential aged care and disability coordination services”.