Elder Care a Burning Issue for Local Councils

[By Susan Price] Out door-knocking for Sue Bolton in Moreland during the local council elections, we came across a dilapidated block of flats in an otherwise gentrified part of Brunswick. One of the last doors in the block was answered by an elderly man still in his pyjamas, breathless and clearly in distress. All he could manage to say was, “Can you please call someone?” I took one look at him and said, “Are you ill? Would you like us to call an ambulance?” He nodded. Continue reading

Report on August 10 Council Meeting

[By Sue Bolton] Issues that were discussed at the August 10 meeting of the Moreland Council included:

Development in Moreland – A report was presented which showed that a record number of planning permit applications were received and determined in the 2015-2016 financial year. Over the past 5 years planning permit application numbers have increased by 31%. There has also been an increase in enforcement cases against builders for breaches of permits, but there is still a big backlog. Continue reading

Report on July 13 Council Meeting

[By Sue Bolton] Issues that came up at the July Moreland Council Meeting were:

After hours respite service – We had a fantastic victory at the July council meeting when the council unanimously voted for my motion to fully reinstate the after-hours respite service for the parents and carers of children with disabilities. Council voted in December to axe the after hours respite service for carers without asking questions about the impact on carers who are also full-time workers. The service began phasing out from June 1st. Continue reading

Report on June 8 council meeting and council budget

Issues which came up at the June council meeting were:

Construction sites in Moreland. After many complaints by residents about neighbouring building sites blocking access to houses, blocking the footpath, damaging neighbouring properties and creating excessive noise, the council has agreed to carry out an independent review of the management of construction sites and will upgrade its website to provide more information to residents about how to report issues to council. Continue reading

Report on May Council Meeting

[By Sue Bolton] In question time, Merlynston residents expressed their strong disappointment that the council had rejected funding the restoration of the Merlynston Progress Hall in the draft council budget. One resident said that when the campaign began, she was wanting access to the hall for a playgroup. Now, her children are in high school and the community still does not have access to the hall. Continue reading

Threat to council-run aged care services

196-001[By Sue Bolton] One of the services which local councils in Victoria provide is Home and Community Care (HACC). Currently, it is funded jointly by federal and state governments with a top-up from local councils. This service is for people who are elderly or who have a disability or are recovering from an operation and it can include: personal care, cleaning, shopping, home maintenance and community transport. Continue reading