2 July, 2022
Community Care building movement under consideration
The Community Care building in Miller Street is currently under consideration for movement to operate out of the Jack Towney Hostel.
No formal decision
has been made however, Gilgandra Shire
Council’s general manager David Neeves
says that there are many options are
This consideration comes after the
federal government’s royal commission
into aged care.
“In response to the final report of the
Royal Commission into Aged Care
Quality and Safety, the Australian government
will be creating a new single
‘Support at Home Program’,” said Mr
“This is replacing the Commonwealth
Home Support Programme
(CHSP), the Home Care Packages (HCP)
Program, Short-Term Restorative Care
Programme (STRC), and residential
respite programs. The changes come into
effect from July 2023.”
The new program aims to address the
royal commission’s recommendations to
support senior Australians to stay in their
homes for longer.
“As a proud service provider of
CHSP and the HCP, Meals on Wheels
and Community Transport, council has
undertaken a review of how we can better
deliver the services into the future,”
said Mr Neeves.
As part of the review, council identified
an opportunity to create a single
point of contact for all community members
when enquiring about the range of
aged care services on offer, according to
“In doing so council is also investigating
how to get better administration
synergies and improve and grow the services
“Currently we offer services like
Meals on Wheels and Community Transport
from Community Care building in
Miller Street and Home Care packages
from Jack Towney Hostel.
“As part of this review, we are looking
to achieve service delivery improvements
by having these services managed
by a central point.
“Council is considering how best to
amalgamate the administrative processes
and how best to continue the service into
the future. While a number of options are
under consideration, no formal decision
has been made, including an option to
relocate from the Community Care
building in Miller Street.”
Mr Neeves wanted to express that
volunteers are valued in delivering of services.
“Volunteers are an integral part of the
delivery of Meals on Wheel and Community
Transport. Accessibility and convenience
will be considered as part of this
review for volunteers and those that
access these key services.
“We want to ensure we can respond to changes and implement better process for all concerned,” he said.