Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville has slammed Bellarine Community Health (BCH) in its ongoing dealing with the community over the sale of aged care facilities on the Bellarine.

Ms Neville said that she fully supported a three thousand strong community petition organised by Bellarine Aged Care Association (BACA).

The petition called for the sale proceeds of the Coorabin Bed licences and Ann Nichol House to be returned to the community and for that money to be used specifically to provide aged care services on the Bellarine.

Ms Neville said that in light of the Governments review of BCH that identified serious BCH management failings, including lack of community engagement and the fact they had misled the community over the aged care sales, I am gravely concerned BCH have learnt nothing and are continuing to ignore the community they are suppose to serve.

I seriously question the BCH decision to seek legal advice on the petition. In my view the issue is about engaging with the community, not ignoring or contesting its wish that the sale monies should be set aside and managed independently with the community, Ms Neville said.

I am therefore today calling on BCH to reconsider their position on the petition and in doing so immediately and genuinely engage with the community, including BACA, in returning the proceeds of these sales to the community.

Anything less in my eyes is evidence that nothing has changed with BCH management, that they have ignored the recommendations of the Government review and that they continue to fail the people of the Bellarine.

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