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On 13 May we were devastated to hear the news of council’s intention to sell Blue Haven Care. It is disappointing and shameful that the business has been left in its current financial state that has allowed the environment where this is being considered an appropriate action. The residents, staff and ratepayers of Kiama Council fought to keep this community free from amalgamation and Blue Haven care was one of the Jewels of the Municipality. The fact that it has been left in ruin after 40 years of operation is shameful and leaves you our members in a state of insecurity and uncertainty.

The United Services Union, joined by residents and community members have opposed the sell off.

Make no mistake this is not over despite some early wins and we need to remain vigilant to ensure our campaign stop the selloff of Blue Haven is successful.

This page contains actions, reports and petitions. Please visit here often to keep up to date with our campaign.

CAMPAIGN UPDATES AND NEWS

The community has their say on Blue Haven

On 16 June the USU hosted an event to allow the community to have their say on the future of Blue Haven. Kiama Municipal Council continues down a path to sell off a vital community asset, Blue Haven Aged Care. They are doing this without Community Consultation. These facilities were created by the Community to future proof your Council from sky-rocketing council rates and to offer high quality aged care for local residents. A community meeting was arranged for members of the community to have their say! We acknowledge and appreciate the following members of the community for speaking at the...

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Blue Haven Care community meeting

On 16 June we held a community meeting to outline the background of our campaign and to launch our petition: Blue Haven Care was established some 40 years ago by Kiama Council, the purpose of this venture for Council was to establish good secure well-paying employment opportunities for local residents and to offer local residents a well serviced aged care facility where they could retire to locally. Blue Haven Care was also established by Council as an income generating asset for Council, that income Council would derive from Blue Have Care could then be allocated to offer other services and...

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Community has their say on Blue Haven sale

Last week Kiama Council made the shameful decision to sell Blue Haven Care after 40 years of service to the community. This is a blow to the Kiama community and the hard working workforce who have made Blue Haven one of the favoured age care services in our region. Yesterday the USU joined residents and the community in taking this message to Council's Extraordinary Meeting. The USU urged Council to support a rescission motion and start consulting with the community and be transparent. While the sale is still on the cards we will not stop our fight to keep Blue Haven in public hands. Find...

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The USU is here for you regardless of the Bluehaven sale

As you are aware council has made the shameful decision to sell Bluehaven Care after 40 years of service to the community. The union is here for our members and while we oppose this decision to sell the service our number one priority is our members and maintaining the employment with council wherever possible, and secondly to ensure conditions of employment are protected. The sale of this service has a greater impact on the broader community with residents fighting to keep the council free from amalgamation and Bluehaven being one of the key features that residents sought to maintain with...

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Kiama Bluehaven sale

We wake today devastated to hear the news of council’s intention to sell Bluehaven Care. It is disappointing and shameful that the business has been left in its current financial state that has allowed the environment where this is being considered an appropriate action. The residents, staff and ratepayers of Kiama Council fought to keep this community free from amalgamation and Bluehaven care was one of the Jewels of the Municipality. The fact that it has been left in ruin after 40 years of operation is shameful and leaves you our members in a state of insecurity and uncertainty.   Many of...

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