AT A COMMUNITY RALLY IN SCOTTSDALE TODAY COMMUNITY MEMBERS, WORKERS AND POLITICIANS GATHERED TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR KEEPING AMINYA AGED CARE FACILITY OPEN.
The Scottsdale community held a community BBQ today to show their strong support and commitment to keeping Aminya open and to air their frustration at the lack of transparency surrounding negotiations around the future of the facility. “The closure of Aminya would be a disaster for Scottsdale on so many fronts,” said Tim Jacobson, State Secretary of the Health and Community Services Union.
“Scottsdale will be shattered by further job losses.
“Families are devastated by the idea of forcing loved ones to move away when it’s time for them to enter aged care.
“And there are very real concerns about the dangers of increased commuting to Launceston or St Helens, as many of the families of aged care residents are themselves seniors.
“Concern about the future of aged care in Scottsdale is growing.
“We have had reliable reports that some families of current Aminya residents are having pressure exerted on them to find alternative accommodation. If these people are pushed out, numbers drop, and there is even less chance that another provider will step up and take on Aminya.
“The community feels that their anxieties are being exacerbated because they are being kept in the dark as to what is being done to keep aged care in Scottsdale.
“Why does Andrew Nikolic refuse to meet with workers and their unions to discuss options?”
“The people here today are united in a common cause. Workers, politicians and community leaders, families of existing and future aged care residents, and concerned members of the community all want to keep Scottsdale seniors here in their community.
“There are 50 people currently working at Aminya, caring for 23 residents. These are not statistics – these are people. People who are caring for our elderly, and people who are keeping Scottsdale viable.
“Aged care in Scottsdale is a State and Federal issue, and we call on government to stop shirking their responsibilities and be upfront about what they are doing to save Scottsdale seniors.”
STATE SECRETARY HACSU TIM JACOBSON