Many tears were shed as staff were farewelled at Monash Gardens this afternoon. The close knit team and residents are sorry to see some of their members leave. Tomorrow, Thursday 1 May, the new owners Royal Freemasons take over from Monash Council. The facility will now be known as Monash Gardens Royal Freemasons.
Several older staff have chosen to retire with the change of ownership and others were unsuccessful in their bid to be reemployed by the new provider. It was very sad to say goodbye to staff who have been kind and caring and of whom the residents are fond. We wish many future opportunities to come their way.
‘Good Luck’ cake
For the staff, residents and relatives who fought hard with the community to save Monash Gardens from being sold there were strong feelings that we had positively influenced the outcome. Jacki spoke on behalf of…
Monash Council has put forward draft guidelines on the planting of nature strips – perhaps YOU should influence the guidelines by completing the Council’s online survey and / or attending an information session on 30 April or 5 May.
Monash Council is asking older residents in the community to complete an on-line survey on how Monash could become more
‘age-friendly’. However as stated in the article older Australians may not have have the skills to use the internet. “Some of them are fairly old and I would say that the older generations are not very good with computers or the internet,” Mr Lee said. – Glen Waverley Senior Citizens Centre president Albert Lee.
Do older Australians use the internet and are there barriers to internet use?
A 2011 report from the Productive Ageing Centre revealed that older Australians were less likely to access and use the internet and there were barriers.
At the risk of survey and meeting fatigue setting in and workers falling asleep at their desks, twitching nervously and jumping at shadows we are urging YOU, the people of Monash, to get involved in the Council’s efforts to engage the community. Surveys and public meetings are quite the thing for Monash Council at the present time. Some surveys and meetings get prime coverage on the home page of Council’s web site while some are harder to locate. One scored top billing with a mail out*.
This last week there has been much grumbling over a 25% increase in pet registration fees (Waverley Leader 8 April p4). Council responded the increase was in last year’s budget. Did you see it? We didn’t! Get involved now to stop unwanted changes being passed.
EM&U has compiled a timeline of events and closing dates to help you plan your involvement over the next month or so. Forget going away over Easter – Council is still to schedule public meetings re the 2014-15 Budget and public submissions may be made!!!!!
Tuesday 28 April, 7.30 pm
Monthly Council meeting.
If you live in Monash you can ask a question in Public Question Time. However you need to submit the question in writing the day before. See: http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/council/public.htm Sorry, if you work or volunteer in Monash the Council does not consider you a member of the ‘public’ for the purpose of asking a question.
Whether you are asking a question or not come along and watch the meeting from the Public Gallery. It is a good way to find out more about Council business. Representatives from EM&U will be there.
Please note on your survey form If EM&U is the only place you heard about these surveys & meetings. 🙂
*The reluctance of Council to do mail outs is a sore point with EM&U as in July 2013 relatives of residents at Monash Gardens and Elizabeth Gardens requested Council to mail all Monash residents information about the proposed Aged Care sell off. They outright refused.
**Monash Council’s Positive Ageing Action Plan 2010-2014 recognises older people prefer to receive information by post or local paper. Many of our older citizens do not have computer access or could not use a computer for the purposes of answering a survey. Even so this survey is online. Printed copies are being distributed but not by mail. Please help to ensure all over 55 year olds know about this survey. Carers and others may help complete the survey for an over 55 year old who cannot complete the survey themselves. There is plenty of room for comments on this survey form so please provide plenty of relevant feedback on the needs of the Monash community.
On Wednesday 2 of April 2014 the Victorian Government introduced a new legislation – Local Government Amendment (Governance and Conduct) Bill 2. The bill is reviewed and considered before it can become Law.
It is claimed these reforms will ensure good conduct by Councillors as well as ensuring councils fulfil their responsibilities appropriately. “Victorians should know that they can trust their elected council representatives and feel confident there are effective measures in place to deal appropriately and quickly with any instance of poor conduct and performance,” Mr Bull said – Minister for Local Government.
How would this affect your Local Council? Here are some changes that will impact Councils:
The Mayor will need to provide guidance and ensure good working relations among Councillors and is the main spokesperson for the council
Councils will have to introduce a CEO Employment matters committee which will provide advice on all contractual matters relating to the CEO’s employment
Councillor conduct panels members will be chosen from a list of people appointed by the Minister for Local Government
The Act will introduce new criminal offences for unlawful direction of council staff and release of confidential information
The chairperson of the audit committee can only be a person who is not a Councillor or a member of staff
Councillors will not be able to nominate council funds to a person, organisation or to a fund
The oath of office will include the promise that Councillors will need to follow the conduct principles and the chairperson will need to recite the oath at the start of each council meeting
After an election, an elected Councillor will be required to complete a councillor induction program
EM&U encourages citizens to make their own observations of the conduct of Monash Council. Monthly meetings may be viewed from the public gallery (upstairs in the Council building 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley 3150). The next meeting is on Tuesday 29 April 7.30 pm. EM&U members regularly attend these meetings.
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