$14.1 million for disability care in Oakleigh
Written on the 2 May 2014
The Oakleigh Centre’s congregate care facility for people with an intellectual disability will close and the Victorian Coalition Government will spend $14.1 million to care for the centre’s 29 residents who will be offered more choice and tailored services.
I joined the Minister for Disability Services and Reform Mary Wooldridge, Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services Andrea Coote and Liberal candidate for Oakleigh, Theo Zographos for the announcement.The decision to close the Oakleigh Centre honours the 2014-15 Victorian State Budget promise to fund the relocation of residents.
Accommodation at the Oakleigh Centre had been outmoded and out-dated. It was the last remaining disability institution in Victoria. People with a disability and their families, the community sector, the Public Advocate and Community Visitors have all been clamouring for the institutions to close.Large institutions for people living with a disability are a thing of the past. The future is an individually-based approach which values choice, dignity and self-determination in the community.
The Coalition Government is committed to providing residents with accommodation that is flexible and innovative to better meet their individual needs and promote independence in the community.
We want the residents of Oakleigh and their families to have real choice and control over how they live, while at the same time, continue to receive the accommodation and support they need. The Oakleigh closure will be carefully managed over the next three years, with new supported accommodation homes developed in the local area for residents. The new accommodation will be located in surrounding suburbs, close to services and amenities. The new homes will be managed by the Oakleigh Centre.Chairman of the Oakleigh Centre Board of Management, Mr Maurice Pitard said the Oakleigh Centre is committed to the best services possible for clients and is delighted that the Government is supporting the development of new services for the residents of 1 and 9 Allen Street.
“We have worked very hard with our residents and families to make this possible and look forward to new improved services, positive changes and expanded opportunities for our residents into the future,” Mr Pitard said.
Pictured with the Minister for Disability Services and Reform Mary Wooldridge, Parliamentary Secretary for Families and Community Services Andrea Coote and Liberal candidate for Oakleigh, Theo Zographos at the Oakleigh Centre’s congregate care facility for people with an intellectual disability.