Sandhurst staff want answers

BENDIGO'S Sandhurst Centre disability workers are calling on the public to support their Certainty for Sandhurst campaign.

A group of workers were in Hargreaves Mall on Thursday and invited shoppers to sign their Christmas card petition to Disability Services Minister Mary Wooldridge.

Ross Muldoon and Jenni Fitt said workers had given up their lunch breaks for the cause and had already gathered strong community support.

"It's over 200 days and there hasn't been any real information given to staff about what it means for their future," Ms Fitt said.

"I can't see how the government can say they're on track.

"They're on track for closing the doors but they're not on track for caring about people and what's going to happen.

"This campaign is about certainty and good outcomes for everybody."

The Sandhurst Centre, a disability provider, will close within three years and residents will have to find new accommodation. 

Health and Community Services Union state secretary Lloyd Williams residents and their families had not been told where the new accommodation would be or who would be managing it.

He said the uncertainty had created significant anxiety among clients, families and staff.

"It is nearly Christmas and residents, families and staff have been given no details about their future," he said.

"Residents want continuity of care, families want peace of mind about the quality of care and staff are anxious to know what their future employment prospects will be.”

Ms Wooldridge said plans were on track for the closure of the centre.

Ms Wooldridge said almost 90 per cent of client future accommodation plans were complete or nearing completion.

“We have invested the time needed to listen to residents and ensure the new accommodation is appropriate to their needs," she said.

“We’ve also commenced work on the service model design."

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