Residents demand more transparency over sale of Tailem Bend retirement village

A community meeting for Taberefta was held in the Coorong council chambers last year. Photo: Nick Grimm.
A community meeting for Taberefta was held in the Coorong council chambers last year. Photo: Nick Grimm.

COMMUNITY members have pushed for a parliamentary inquiry into the sale of Tailem Bend’s aged care facility, Taberefta, following a meeting last week.

Around 50 community members and residents were present at the meeting, which took place at the Tailem Bend Football Club last Thursday.

Centre Alliance candidate for Barker Kelly Gladigau said the community were upset they had not been consulted on the proposed sale and by the lack of transparency from the board of management of Taberefta leading up to its decision to sell the property.

Ms Gladigau told The Standard ​that the main concern expressed by those in attendance was the secrecy which surrounded the sale.

“Many members in attendance said they were displeased about the lack of consultation which took place prior to the sale,” she said.

Mr Pederick defended the board’s move to sell the aged care facility as beneficial to present and future residents of the village. 

“It was a tough decision to make but we need for the facility to be professionally run,” he said. 

Mr Pederick said that the board were under no obligation to conduct community consultation prior to the sale. “We went through proper governance prior to the sale,” he said.

We went through proper governance prior to the sale.

Adrian Pederick

“I am deeply concerned for the future of Taberefta and want the best for the residents and the local community.”

Ms Gladigau said it was obvious the community were unhappy and would do everything they could to fight the sale of Taberefta.

“There are serious questions about whether the board of management have upheld principles of accountability and good governance that must be answered,” she said.

According to the governinglegislation, an operator is able to make its own decision about selling a retirement village.

It also contains provisions which protect the residents when a village is sold.

Under the legislation the new operator will be bound to abide by the terms and conditions of existing residence contracts.