Mayor allays reform concerns

Mayor allays reform concerns

The centre, based in Hamilton Hill, provides State-funded Home and Community Care Packages (HACC), federally funded Community Aged Care Packages (CACP), and centre day programs for more than 500 elderly, disabled and Aboriginal residents.

Concerns stem from the belief that Fremantle Council has no intention of keeping the centre open, currently under the administration of Cockburn Council, if it was to absorb Coogee, North Coogee, Spearwood and Hamilton Hill under reform.

But Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt tried to put concerns to rest, saying there would be no closure.

‘There is quite a bit of misinformation out there at the moment, but I can assure the community that the City of Fremantle will not be cutting services or closing community facilities as a result of reform,’ he said.

‘This extends across the board so that services and facilities people currently benefit from will still be there post-reform.’

John Ross, whose Coogee-based mum has used the service for more than four years, said that after inquiring with Fremantle Council he was told the City would not continue the programs on offer.

‘I got the same response from Melville and Kwinana. Whether it’s a fact that everyone’s forgotten about that or it hasn’t entered into anyone’s thought process of what’s going to happen with the carve up, I don’t know,’ he said.

‘I don’t want to create concern or worry for the residents and the people who are getting this care, but no one has answers about what people intend to do about the service provision for the elderly in this area.’

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey made similar claims of service continuity.

Cockburn Mayor Logan How-lett said the likelihood of disruptions was high, with a re-negotiation with the Department of Health over a services contract an obvious threat.

‘Due to the reform process there will be a massive change to these services, which could cause high staff turnover and then result in disruption of services,’ he said.

‘The purpose-built facility may also not be available for use at the currently subsidised rent level, affecting the level and quality of services provided to the frail aged and people with a disability.’