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3 May 2021
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Council plans to sell Peninsula land
Tesch speaks against carpark sale
GUST welcomes consultation on park sale plans
Council budgets $13 million for the Peninsula
Government announces public inquiry into council
NSW Opposition calls for 'broad inquiry' into council
Council inquiry terms of reference released
Vietnam Vets join impromptu march to memorial
Local Member at Anzac ceremonies
Biscuit theme for Anzac Day
Search and rescue training for the Bays brigade
More bike storage needed at station, says Tesch
Bike paths should 'go all the way', says user group
Safety needed to walk or cycle to school, says Tesch
Bingo at Ettalong on Wednesdays
Umina CWA wins cookery trophy
CWA branch makes bereavement bags
Storm debris clean-up continues
Dunes planted with 2000 new plants
Guides hear of importance of speaking up
Lions accept entries for tea cosy show
Second driest April in 16 years
Application to modify three-storey Blackwall Rd plan
Two more townhouse proposals for Warrah St
Council sets strategic planning priorities
Panel appointments extended
Invalid application
Memorial Ave land provides significant habitat
Trees and cool open space are of more public benefit
Outrageous that local park sale is on agenda again
Contentment of ad hoc Anzac march
Leave wooded block intact for a hotter future
Bush parkland was reason for buying in Blackwall
'Improved planning outcome' test may still be subjective
Democracy should never be put on hold
Distress at sale of land and other council assets
Sell-off should be paused for much deeper inquiry
Aged care providers jointly call for government action
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Folk club holds house concert
Patchwork group completes many projects
Variety Night performances to be held over two nights
School opens gates to parents for student pick-up
Annabelle wins four Australia athletics medals
Students congratulated on Anzac speeches
Catafalque party at Anzac assembly
Geography students study coastal processes
Secondary students investigate global warming
Umina starts enrolments for next year's kindergarten
Life membership for former childcare employee
Shadow Minister meets parents' groups
Ettalong Eagles firsts lead in pennant season
Umina pennant bowls results
Boxing starts again at PCYC
Bridge club holds special events
Bridge lessons for beginners
Diggers' Day at bowls clubs
Netball draw updated
Softball club to hold annual meeting
Goalkeeper training starts for Umina United
Coaches wanted for junior touch
The Lakes proved too strong for the Lions
Defeated in all grades
Netball association splits Junior Blue grade
Trial game at Woy Woy
Bowling clubs to vote on unification proposal


Aged care providers jointly call for government action

The chief executives of the Peninsula's two aged care facilities have issued a joint statement calling for urgent Federal Government action on aged care.

Mr Shane Neaves from Peninsula Village and Mr Matt Downie of BlueWave Living said the Federal Government should respond urgently to the key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

"We are urging the Federal Government to adopt a 15-point plan to ensure older Australians get the most benefit in the quickest time from an improved aged care system." said Mr Neaves.

"We urge the community to support the campaign by the Australian Aged Care Collaboration, which represents more than 1000 aged care providers."

The joint statement coincides with the release by the Aged Care Collaboration of a formal response to the final report Royal Commission.

The report calls on the Government to produce a timetable in the Federal Budget on May 11 to set out immediate steps to improve the delivery of aged care services in 15 key areas.

The report called for a new rights-based Aged Care Act within two years to protect human rights, access and choice.

It called for increased wages, training and clinical placements.

It also called for improved accountability and commitment to greater funding of the aged care sector.

"It is a matter of prioritising these recommendations for the immediate benefit of our elders, who deserve a first class aged care system," Mr Downie said.

"It is no secret that Australia spends less than half of what comparable nations do on aged care.

"We support the call by the Australian Aged Care Collaboration that the Government needs to include a detailed roadmap for longer term reform as well as an indication on how age care will be funded in the future and how that change will occur.

"Aged care providers need a clear statement from Government on longer term reform plans as well as a timetable to implement these immediate changes so that we can have some certainty for the community, for older people and our residents, and for our staff."

Mr Neaves said aged care providers supported the need for an overhaul of the aged care sector and the need for more transparency and accountability.

He said this included the need for a wider range of clinical indicators, a star rating performance system, reporting of staff care hours, reporting of service level financial data to an independent pricing authority and stronger prudential regulations.

Mr Neaves said: "The Royal Commission final report presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for real change in how we deliver aged care services to older Australians and a change to further improve their quality of life and wellbeing."

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