Elderly in the dark

RECENT newspaper articles have highlighted some of the problems with the new council amalgamations, which need answers quickly because of the October deadline for changes.

Let me state that I am not against the City of Canning and Gosnells amalgamating, or who collects my rubbish.

However, I am concerned about Canning losing the aged-care complex on High Road in Riverton.

As I understand the situation, elderly people living 100 metres down the road on the east side of Vahland Avenue will not be able to access many of the facilities/services available at the complex i.e. day care and home care to name just a couple.

This whole new complex, paid for by the ratepayers of Canning, will be in the new Fremantle council.

The silence from our local MP Dr Mike Nahan, who is a member of the Cabinet that made this decision, and Commissioner Linton Reynolds who has said that Fremantle will have to pay Canning for taking over the facility, gives no comfort or answers to the elderly who rely on these services.

The elderly of Canning need to know the facts on which services are going to be lost or have to come from some replacement complex further afield built at Canning ratepayers’ expense.

May I suggest that boundaries in the area stay the same as they are now with the river and Kwinana Freeway being the boundary.

We are not being represented by our local MP and have no local councillors to lobby.

Therefore, may I suggest that Dr Nahan and Commissioner Reynolds give a full explanation in next week’s Canning Times, without political spin.

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