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Future of two aged care homes in Monash under a cloud

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There are fears the Monash Council will sell off two aged care facilities.

The council in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs will vote tomorrow on whether it will continue to run the Monash Gardens and Elizabeth Gardens centres or hand them over to a private provider.

Libby Hillman from a community group fighting to save the facilities says the council has a $7 million fund that could be used for renovations.

But she says the council is using the cost of upgrading the homes as a reason to sell.

“The immediate works are estimated to cost $2 million and the council did say in the bulletin they would either increase rates or take on significant amounts of debt but they certainly omitted any reference to that discretionary reserve,” she said.

Dr Micaela Drieberg, the Mayor of Monash Council, says the facilities are not closing.

“What council is actually considering is if Monash City Council is best placed to continue running Monash Gardens and Elizabeth Gardens or if there are other high quality care providers out there that can do same if not better,” she said.

“The tenders that we have received all indicate a willingness to run both (facilities) at their current sites and a commitment for the long term to remain in those sites as well.”

The two homes combined have nursing home places for 165 residents.