Leave homes for seniors alone: Cr

Story appeared in: Review | December 4th, 2017

A REVIEW into Cumberland Council's ownership and management of 76 independent living units for seniors should be shut down immediately, says Councillor George Campbell.
The studio and one-bedroom self-care units are based in blocks at Euston Road and Tavistock Street in Auburn and Church and Platform streets in Lidcombe and are available to applicants who are aged over 55; in receipt of government benefits; and who have either lived or worked in the Cumberland local government area for a minimum of six months.
In May, a report presented to the Administrator noted that a review following amalgamations indicated that there were "a number of risks" and un-budgeted costs associated with the units that needed to be addressed.
The report recommended "exploring options" including engaging a third party provider to manage and operate the facilities; leasing the facilities to a third party for any use; selling all or part of the properties; or continuing to operate the units through the council with increased resourcing.
Cr Campbell said that review which was established while the council was under administration, should be scrapped.
"The Administrator decided to refer a report of a review to the elected council," he said.
"That report is still in the making and should be terminated because its terms of reference are a threat to the continuation of council-run Seniors Self-Care Units."
He said the Seniors Units were established in the 1970s under an agreement between the former Auburn Council and the Commonwealth Government of the time.
"They provide basic housing for the most needy local senior citizens," he said.
"The community must be assured that, in any review, no consideration should be given to outsourcing, leasing, or reducing the number of units operated by council."

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