City of Canning CEO to recommend council retains and operates disabilty services

City of Canning CEO to recommend council retains and operates disabilty services

CITY of Canning chief executive Arthur Kyron will recommend the retention and operation of retirement villages, community housing services and all City disability services at tonight’s Agenda Briefing.

The recommendation comes after an independent review by Ansell Strategic into the future of aged and disability services run by the City.

The review came in the face of Federal funding shifts.

From February 2017, the Federal Governmnet will cease block funding the City directly for recipients of services included in the Home Care Packages Program.

In 2018, the Federal Government under the new Commonwealth Home Support Program will control the Home and Community Care Program (HACC) funding, but a rollout date has not been announced.

There have been no funding or legislative changes foreseen related to retirement villages, community housing or residential aged care.

As part of the retention of services, the council will discuss whether Mr Kyron should develop a long-term redevelopment strategy for aged care sites in Rossmoyne and Wilson.

If the recommendation is unchanged tonight and endorsed at the City’s September 20 meeting, Mr Kyron would be required to submit such a strategy by June 30 2017.

Other recommendations include inviting not-for-profit organisations to undertake some HACC services such as Meals on Wheels and day centre activities.

Further, councillors will discuss whether to have Mr Kyron appoint an independent consultant to further investigate financially sustainable service delivery models available to the City in continuing to deliver HACC services the community.

The council will consider whether Mr Kyron would provide a report comparing the results of the request for proposal process with the results of the consultant’s report by January 31 2017.

They will also discuss whether to allocate $200,000 from the Aged Care Reserve to undertake the work required in the report and the development of a long-term redevelopment strategy.