Carers close business

After six years of providing caring services on the North Coast, the Lismore-based company Australian Care Providers Pty will cease trading at the end of May. Company manager and director Brett James said, over the last nine months, the business had been losing clientele to larger not-for-profit organisations who had moved into the area, and his private business could no longer compete.

“It’s hard to compete with large organisations funded by the government,” Mr James said. “Base costs such as insurance are included in their funding and they are able to make a profit out of it. I’m a small operator and if I didn’t do something I had a chance of losing my house.”

Mr James closed the Wyrallah Road shopfront earlier in the year and said it had been a hard decision to make because so many people were affected by it.

“As well as clients, we have 80 casual employees, and I didn’t want to leave anyone in the lurch,” Mr James said. “I’ve been transferring staff and regular clients across to other agencies over the past few weeks.”

The business had been providing a range of care services including home care and respite for carers of aged or disabled people.

“The realisation hasn’t hit because I’m still operating as per normal from a home office and I have to finalise the business,” Mr James said. “I’m proud of the job we’ve done over time and I wanted to thank the agencies and staff who have supported us. It’s sad to see it come to this but I’ll move on to new adventures now.”

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