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Affordable housing for over 55’s a step closer at Ridgewood


A range of affordable housing options for over 55’s at Ridgewood, being developed by Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc. (SCC) in partnership with the Department of Communities, became another step closer to reality after the formal announcement today by the Minister for Housing, the Hon Peter Tinley AM MLA. 

The first stage of the development, which is located on the corner of Lukin Drive and Hinchinbrook Ave in Ridgewood, will include the release of affordable freehold house and land packages through our development partner Pindan.  In the future, further options in affordable homes will also be available.

SCC CEO Errol Turner said the Ridgewood precinct was being developed in response to the high demand for more affordable housing options for over 55’s in the local area.

“We understand the challenge for over 55’s is to find housing that is affordable and suits their lifestyle needs. Our Ridgewood development is unique in that it offers affordable home ownership opportunities for over 55’s looking to downsize or who may have been priced out of the property market in the past,” Errol said.

Errol said residents can also have peace of mind knowing they can take advantage of the broad range of in-home health and wellness services offered by Southern Plus, if or when they need them in the future.  

“Southern Plus offers a range of integrated innovative health and wellness services, while also having the option to collaborate with various health professionals.  In doing so, we are able to more broadly meet the health and wellness needs of our clients, ensuring they enjoy quality of life and remain independent and living in their own home for as long as possible,” Errol said.

The first stages of the development including civil works, is expected to begin in early 2018. For further information or to register your interest in the house and land packages please visit

Southern Cross Care Kalgoorlie team wins Regional Achievement and Community Award


Jessie Ho, Head of Residential Care presents cheque to Kalgoorlie's Victoria Park Nursing Home

Southern Cross Care (SCC), one of Western Australia’s leading aged care providers, has been recognised with a national Regional Achievement and Community Award.

 SCC’s Kalgoorlie-based team won the Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award on Friday night, thanks to initiatives which are supporting working parents to reenter the workforce.

 The team has introduced flexible working arrangements, in-house child care and upskilling opportunities to boost its workforce – ensuring it not only meets the needs of the Home’s residents but also supports Australian working families.

 Thanks to the range of flexible training, study and working options the Victoria Park team now includes one clinical nurse, two registered nurses and five enrolled nurses, in addition to the rest of the 57 permanent staff.

 When introducing the changes, the team recognised that up-skilling, making allowances for family requirements and supporting staff in these emotionally and physically strenuous positions are key to ensuring the industry serves the Australian population well.

 SCC’s General Manager Service Delivery, Carole Bain, said the award was well deserved and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the broader value the team is providing to the community.

 “I’m proud to say that our wonderful team is passionate about our residents, and the broader Kalgoorlie community,” said Carole.

“The initiatives they have put in place ensure that we continue to meet our residents’ needs, while demonstrating a practical and sustainable contribution to regional Western Australia.

 “We want to empower parents to reenter the workforce; they have a great deal to contribute and we are keen to harness their ability and dedication.”  

 Victoria Park Facility Manager Cheryl Hahn said the win is a reflection on the passion, dedication and effort that every SCC employee brings to their job every day.

 “Our team is fantastic and every day my staff come in to work and do their best to provide a comfortable and caring environment for our residents,” said Cheryl.

 “Working in small towns can be very difficult if you are working parent, and even harder if you want to study and up-skill. I am so happy that we have come up with ways to both ensure we have got an ongoing skilled team but also support these hardworking parents to be active community members.”

New buses keep Southern Cross Care residents connected to the community


Pictured: Joe & Barbara Parker, Dave & Betty Neale and Rod and Margaret Chase

Residents from Southern Cross Care’s  (SCC) Success Retirement Village and Frank Prendergast House can enjoy being able to get out and about, and remain connected to the local community thanks to the purchase of two new buses.

The buses, which are driven by SCC volunteers, will be used across all of SCC’s villages and residential care homes to transport residents to social outings, shopping expeditions and other local amenities.

To ensure the buses meet the needs of residents with mobility issues, one of the buses will also have a lift for wheelchair access and fixtures for locking wheelchairs in place.

The buses were recently put to good use transporting several residents to the ‘Have a Go’ day event held on Wednesday 1St November at Burswood Park as part of Seniors Week.

SCC Group CEO Errol Turner said the purchase of the new buses reflected the organisation’s commitment to supporting residents health and wellbeing.

 “We know how important it is to the general health and wellbeing of our residents that they are able to remain active by attending social events and visiting local community amenities such as the shopping centre on a regular basis.

“We hope Success Village and Frank Prendergast House residents enjoy using the new buses and staying connected to the local Success community,” Errol said.