Stepping down: Keith Castle (left) with new Feros Board chairman Stuart Garrett.
Stepping down: Keith Castle (left) with new Feros Board chairman Stuart Garrett.

Keith steps down from Feros helm

After 12 years at the helm, Ewingsdale’s Keith Castle has stepped down as chairman of Feros Care, which operates aged care facilities at Byron Bay and Bangalow.


But Keith is not walking away from Feros – he will serve as deputy chairman for the next 12 months and will remain on the Feros Board, which he joined in 1993, for a further three years.


In his time as chairman the organisation has grown substantially and now provides a wide range of government-funded services for seniors from Port Macquarie to the Wide Bay area in Queensland and has received wide praise for the services it provides.


Keith, an OAM recipient, said working with Feros Care had given him the opportunity to serve his fellow Australians and to contribute to his community.


“I have really enjoyed the fellowship and friendship of the other directors and staff,” he said.


“Not only are they enthusiastic, entrepreneurial, innovative, but they are also dedicated and caring.


“And, just as importantly, everyone associated with Feros Care seems to be just as committed to the core values of this wonderful organisation as I am – service excellence, innovation, joy in service, integrity and teamwork.


“I firmly believe that it is these common goals that have made all the difference and have helped us to grow.”


Keith said with the Federal Government’s intergenerational report showing Australia was becoming ‘a much older society’, there was an urgent need for the aged care industry to be given a significant funding boost to more adequately cope with today’s needs as well as the country’s rapidly growing ageing population.


He said there also was a lack of capital funding in the residential care area to provide living standards required by the nation’s seniors.


“Unfortunately, this has been hampered by the lack of proper and suitable laws as well as support of government to achieve such funding,” he said.


“Times are changing so fast and it has been very stimulating to be involved with such a dynamic organisation as Feros Care.


“But I’m sure Feros Care will continue to thrive in these challenging times.”


Local solicitor Stuart Garrett, who has served on the Feros Board for many years, is the new chairman.


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