Great News! The ASU has been advised that the tender process and possible sale of the three aged care facilities will no longer proceed.

Congratulations to ASU members at Warrawee, Spurway and Rosstown, Council’s decision is a strong endorsement of your high-value support for our elderly residents.

These sites (Spurway in Murrumbeena/Warrawee in Bentleigh East/Rosstown in Carnegie) will remain as council owned-and-operated facilities, which is a great win for the residents and ratepayers of the City of Glen Eira.

When the intention to sell these facilities was announced in February this year, local ratepayers, the elderly residents and their relatives were rightly outraged by this short-sighted view.

Residents and the ASU lodged submissions and lobbied Councillors to oppose this tragic sell-off of highly respected and much loved Residential Aged Care to remain in council hands and to be run on a not-for-profit basis.

“The ASU’s opposition to GECC’s decision earlier this year to sell off their residential aged care is vindicated by Council’s announcement today to not sell their highly respected residential aged care services, Warrawee, Spurway and Rosstown. The ASU knew that our member’s high quality of care could not be matched and that to sell such an important community asset in the midst of an aged care crisis was ludicrous” – Lisa Darmanin, ASU Branch Secretary

The Interim Report from the ‘Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’ was released to the public last month, its recommendations and the public outcry over aged care quality would no doubt have weighed heavily on the minds of the decision-makers at Council.

The ASU has remained concerned about the viability of Councils decision to withdraw given recent news about the potential for insolvency of so many residential aged care providers.

This year has been a rollercoaster ride for staff in GECC’s services who have been facing employment insecurity, we know that all ASU members will be pleased this insecurity is now over for these members.

For further information please contact:
ASU Organiser David Nunns | 0418 856 495 | dnunns@asuvictas.com.au

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