Closed door for Colanda meeting

THE FUTURE of Colac’s Colanda disability centre was up for discussion yesterday as State Government officials met with Colac Otway Shire Council.

The fate of the large-scale residential centre has hung in the balance for years, after the previous Labor State Government announced its intention to close Colanda.

The current government has remained tight-lipped on Colanda’s future, but has indicated it could restructure the centre.

Colac Otway Shire Council chief Rob Small said he attended yesterday’s meeting but could not discuss the outcome.

“Council is not at liberty to reveal what was discussed at the meeting, suffice to say that council believes it is important to understand how Colanda is adapting to changes in the industry,” Mr Small said.

A Department of Human Services spokesman also confirmed that government officials had visited Colac for the meeting.

Colanda Parents and Friends Association president Noel Bates, whose son Craig has lived at Colanda since 1976, said he had not received an invitation to the meeting.

“I would sincerely hope that the State Government keeps us abreast with any information that could be of significance to the future of Colanda, and any information that may affect the parents and friends association and most importantly the residents we represent,” Mr Bates said.

“So we are now waiting to be approached with the purpose and results of the meeting, since the State Government has previously stated its intention to work closely with us,” he said.

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