The Health and Home Affairs Department (now Health Department) created the division of geriatrics for the purpose of improving health and welfare services for the aged. This included the aged residents at Eventide.
In 1962, Lord Mayor of Brisbane Clem Jones arranged with the Barclay Development Corporation to develop a small community behind the suburb of Sandgate.
Axelsen House, a new modern and very comfortable unit was opened to accommodate 89 elderly women.
Demand continued to increase for accommodation for homeless and sick aged people.
A new geriatric annexe opened at Chermside Hospital (now The Prince Charles hospital), accommodating 156 aged persons. Some residents were transferred there from Eventide.
The Hervey Bay artificial reef committee bought the hulk of The Otter. It presently forms part of the Roy Rofus artificial reef. The ships bell has been erected in the quadrangle adjacent to the Administration block at Eventide.