Cowra Retirement Village has announced plans to recommission the former St Lawrence Residential Aged Care Facility in Harden following its closure in January this year.
CEO of Cowra Retirement Village, Scott Kable, made the announcement late Monday afternoon, noting the board and management had "taken the opportunity to complement its existing business and expertise in the aged care industry to pursue the recommissioning of the Harden facility".
"Cowra Retirement Village will undertake due diligence to determine the feasibility and sustainability of the Harden facility to ensure it delivers the same high standards of care delivered by suitably experienced and qualified staff as at its Cowra facility," Mr Kable said.
"The values of the recommissioned facility will focus on choice, respect, dignity and empowerment for all residents."
Cowra Retirement Village Board Chair, Ian Donges AO, said the proposed recommissioning of the Harden facility is an exciting opportunity.
"Over the coming weeks we will be engaging with the Harden Murrumburrah Regional Development Corporation and the community at all levels to start building a relationship of co-operation and mutual respect that we trust will result in the ongoing provision of a sustainable and high quality residential aged care facility to the people of Harden and district," Mr Donges said.
Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Riverina, Michael McCormack said he welcomed the plans.
"This is terrific news for the Harden-Murrumburrah community, particularly those families needing aged care services closer to home," Mr McCormack said.
"I look forward to continuing to work closely with Cowra Retirement Village chair Ian Donges and chief executive officer Scott Kable as they go through the due diligence process over coming weeks.
"The Harden community, also, deserves the highest praise for fighting so hard for this vital asset."
CEO of Southern Cross Care Helen Emmerson, who operated St Lawrence, said the facility's closure was an "incredibly difficult decision".
"We're committed to working closely with Cowra Retirement Village to ensure a smooth transition," she said.