Consultation on Future of Stockton Centre Welcomed
21 April 2011
Member for Newcastle Tim Owen is delighted that the Minister for Ageing and Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, will meet with concerned families and staff at the Stockton Centre next week to discuss the future of the centre.
“Prior to the NSW election the Liberal National Coalition promised to consult with the Stockton families and staff, I am pleased that less than a month after forming Government, we honour our commitment,” Mr Owen Said.
Minister Constance said “I am committed to having open and transparent discussions with the Stockton families and residents regarding the future of the Centre. A Liberal National Government will ensure that families have an opportunity to be involved in all consultations about the future of the facility. I am especially pleased that the Member for Newcastle has continued to call for this process.”
The consultation process will look at options for the Centre and ensure that residents and families have a secure future.
Mr Owen said "I know how upset, concerned and fearful the families and staff were about the previous Government's lack of consultation around the future viability of Stockton and I want to make sure we move to a mutually agreeable outcome.
"During the NSW Election, I advocated for the families and staff of the Centre and for a transparent consultation process, now as Local Member I will continue to support the residents and families and will work with Minister Constance to do this," he said.
Mr Owen said that the Department of Aging Disability and Home Care Residential Centre at Stockton has been used for mental health accommodation and treatment purposes since 1911, and supplies accommodation for 450 people. There are approximately 60 buildings at Stockton Centre consisting of accommodation, activity, administration and support service buildings.