Life Choice, Your Choice!

Learn about our team, our history and the organisation,

Life Choice has been a trusted advocate for community inclusion, respect and valuing of people with a disability on the Fraser Coast since 1996. We assist Participants in the pursuit of their life choices, either in their own home or the community, to enable greater quality of life experiences. Our staff provide support and positive experiences for each Participant and their families through individual lifestyle plans and an increasing range of support services and learning opportunities.

Our Leadership Team

Karen Owens

Karen Owens

Chief Executive Officer

Darrel Richter

Darrel Richter

Board of Directors – Chair

Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson

Director of Corporate Services

Lucy Bransgrove

Lucy Bransgrove

Allied Health Leader

Jayne Boyle

Jayne Boyle

Quality and Safety Leader

Kevin Long

Kevin Long

Supported Independent Living (SIL) Leader

Tina Darlington

Tina Darlington

Service Delivery Leader

Board & Committees

Board of Directors

Life Choice is a Company Limited by Guarantee and is therefore governed by a Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors consists of Directors who are either parents of people with disabilities, people with disabilities or other interested parties.
Meet our Board of Directors:

  • DARREL RICHTER: Chair of Board of Directors, Member of Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • DONNA MIDGLEY: Director, Deputy Chair Board of Directors, Chair of Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • ADAM KERR: Director, Chair of Participant Advisory Committee Member of Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • BEVERLY CARRUTHERS-TURNER: Director, Member of Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • JOHN GIBSON: Director, Member of Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • JOHN SMITH: Director, Member of Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
Participant Advisory Committee

The Life Choice Participant Advisory Committee (PAC) has a membership of Participants who meet regularly to represent the ideas, views and suggestions of the wider group of people supported by Life Choice.

The Chair of the PAC reports directly to the Board of Directors each month.

Our History

On the 13th of June, 1994, a public meeting was held to discuss a community
access service for people with disabilities catering to the Maryborough/Wide Bay area. The need for such a service was agreed on and so a management committee of interested people was formed.

Initially, the organisation was established to provide Community Access Service, however, over the years it has expanded to include In Home Support, Accommodation Support and Everyday Learning Opportunities (group support).

The organisation was originally funded through the Department of Families, Youth and Community Care. This transitioned over the years to funding being provided by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, and again in mid-2018 to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

In 2015, Town and Country Community Options Inc. was approached by Hervey Bay Community Access Association Inc. for a possible amalgamation. The Boards of Management of both organisations agreed to the amalgamation to ensure the continuity of supports for Participants and the security of employment for the majority of employees. The amalgamation began on the 1st of October 2015. As a result, Town and Country Community Options Inc doubled in size (revenue, Participants and employees).

In 2016, the Board of Management determined the most suitable governance structure for the organisation moving forward was to transition to a Company Limited by Guarantee. Approval was granted by ASIC on the 31st of August 2016 and the new Board of Directors were appointed at the first Annual General Meeting.

On the 1st of July 2017, the Board of Directors implemented a trading name to the organisation where Town and Country Community Options Limited trading as Life Choice Wide Bay Burnett became the full legal name, however, the organisation is known locally as ‘Life Choice’.