Canning Mayor Ng calls retaining aged and disability services a ‘win’

The issue of aged care in Canning is one of great importance.
The issue of aged care in Canning is one of great importance.

CITY of Canning Mayor Paul Ng has called the Council decision to retain aged and disability services a “win” for stakeholders.

The majority decision was the result of vigorous and sensible discussion, according to Cr Ng.

“I believe the debate on Tuesday evening was very vigorous and sensible. It brought out some good points which would be studied further,” he said.

“ Really, at the end of the day, we hope to achieve a ‘four win’ situation, first for the clients; the aged and disabled also those using our facilities, second win for the staff (and) volunteers,

“(A) third win for our ratepayers who are also our stakeholders and the fourth win for the council and the councillors.”

The result came at the end of a long examination into the services that began at a Special Council Meeting held on April 26 where councillors received a document outlining the viability of the services in the face of shifting federal and state funding models.

Additionally, councillors voted to approve the chief executive Arthur Kyron to develop and implement a request for proposal process by inviting not-for-profit organisations to undertake any or all of some Home and Community Care services, the National Respite for Carers Program – Respite for Carers, Home Care Packages Programs and the Community Visitors Scheme and Canning Lodge Residential Aged Care.

Mr Kyron will appoint an independent aged care specialist to assist City staff to further investigate sustainable service delivery models available to the City in continuing to deliver services to the community and provide a report back to Council by January 31 2017.