SA Country Carers – Background

Our organisation was originally set up in 1996 under the name Carers Link Lower North. This was in response to a perceived need for such an agency to provide support and respite opportunities to Carers in the area.

The area of operation, defined very loosely as the Lower North, takes in the District Councils of Mallala, Wakefield, Goyder, and Clare and Gilbert Valleys, as well as the southern section of the Northern Areas Council area. The total population of this region is some 25,000 of whom we estimate about 10% to be Carers under the nationally accepted definition.

Timeline for SA Country Carers

1996 – Organisation incorporated under the name “Carers Link Lower North”

2004 – Carers Link Lower North assumes responsibility for the Clare Centrelink Agency and changes its name to Country North Community Services Inc.

2009 – Caring operation renamed “Carers Link”, Respite Link” and “Disability Link” but all continue under the Country North umbrella. The SA Rural Service Agency opens for business.

2012 – Board of Management institutes a review of the organisation’s name and “branding” .

2013 – Following extensive consultation, SA Country Carers is adopted as the new name together with new colours and logo. The Centrelink Agency and SA Rural Service Agency continues under the auspices of Country North Community Services which remains as the official name of the incorporated body.

 2016 – We celebrated 20 years of service to the community