'Unsuitable' Katie Rose Cottage site to be sold by owner
THE Katie Rose Cottage building is up for sale and Sunshine Hospice has no plans to purchase the Doonan property they have operated from for the past five years, chairman Dr Frank Lewins said.
"We do not intend to purchase the site,” Dr Lewins confirmed in an interview with Noosa News.
"We cannot obtain accreditation of that building and we now know that we can't build a purpose built facility on the site.
"Of course, there is also the problem of not having the capital,” he said.
It is believed the property's asking price is over $1million and the former Doonan B&B that became Katie Rose Cottage in 2011 will be sold with vacant possession.
Furniture, medical equipment and other items are being packed up and put in storage until a new site is found for a purpose-built hospice.
Dr Lewins said the owner requested the property be vacated prior to being listed for sale.
He said the Doonan site would "continue to hold a significant place in the history of the charity”.
"During the time the hospice was operating in Doonan over 300 individuals, along with their families and loved ones were provided with respite and end of life care in a supportive community environment, at no cost to the families.”
He said the site could no longer meet the needs of the charity moving forward, if it was to survive as a high quality, financially-sustain- able community hospice.
Former volunteers disagree, according to Sue Storey.
"All we wanted them to do was to walk out, and for us to take over, because there is a prospect of us purchasing it, and it's just a shame that they're going to be moving everything out of it, without discussing it with their members,” she said.
"It should be a members' decision: it's absolutely abhorrent.
"All of our equipment is worth thousands of dollars. It belongs to the members. We could move in next week and start working that place but they just won't have it. Why they are moving everything out is beyond me.”