Function of Government

The role of government is to create an environment for commerce to function whilst at the same time protecting retirees and particularly vulnerable retirees from both financial and emotional harm emanating from that function.

The Victorian Retirement Villages Act 1986 provides the environment for commerce to function but fails to fully protect retirees from financial and emotional harm as a result of it.

The Victorian legislative definition of a retirement village in demanding the payment of an 'in-going' amount without the transfer of property ownership is a major contributor to that financial and emotional harm suffered by retirees.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Stand And Deliver From Bishop Parkes

The residents of Alexandra in Victoria believe the phrase 'stand and deliver' is alive and well in 2018 but the surprise is that the order is coming from a Bishop of the Anglican Church.

Bishop John Parkes from the Diocese of Wangaratta is leading a move to forcibly merge the Kellock Lodge aged care facility in Alexandra with the St. Johns aged care facility in Wangaratta. Both the facilities are in the Diocese of Wangaratta.

At a standing room only public protest meeting held in the Alexandra town hall, over 300 residents of the community expressed outrage at what was taking place. Some 30 years ago a local family donated land to the Anglican Church for the purpose of caring for the elderly of the district. The church was not asked to provide any funds for the development of the facility and it never did. The church has never been asked for any money over the following 30 years and it has never given.

At the public meeting speakers stated that the facility in Wangaratta is in a financially precarious position and the motive for the move is to incorporate a stated nine million dollars held in cash assets by the Alexandra facility.

The residents of Alexandra are fearful the Diocese of Wangaratta may have the legal rite to take such action but the morality of a christian organisation making such a move came under heavy criticism at the public meeting.

The meeting unanimously voted:-
A. That this public meeting of the Alexandra community rejects any moves to shift control and management of Kellock Lodge and its assets out of Alexandra into a new new company based in Wangaratta.
B. That this public meeting requests the Kellock Board to investigate whether any avenues exist for the transfer of the land to an appropriate community based entity.

From the mood of the meeting it seems clear the name Bishop John Parkes will never be forgotten in Alexandra but for all the wrong reasons. All Churches are struggling to maintain public relevance in the modern world, the Anglican church in Alexandra may suffer a community backlash from which it does not recover.

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