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Second provider for Algate House

Wednesday, 19th December, 2018

Program Coordinator at Algate House Phil Dowling. PICTURE: Callum Marshall Program Coordinator at Algate House Phil Dowling. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

With recent community concern that Algate House was about to be privatised, the Program Coordinator for the disability service has reassured locals that that’s not the case and instead a second service provider will be joining Salvation Army at the facility.

Phil Dowling said the decision to bring in a second, lead service provider for Algate House was about bringing greater resources to the facility so it could continue delivering a high quality disability service. 

“So what the Salvation Army are basically doing is bringing in another service provider as a lead,” he said.

“They’ve done a full review of everything they were providing and out of that (they found) that even though they’re doing a great job with disabilities, the resources aren’t there to push it to where they want.

“They can’t do the national approach to disabilities if they want to do the things they’re doing well like homelessness and domestic violence.

“So that’s why they want to partner with another faith-based provider so that they can strengthen the service and take it forward.

“So they’ll be offering the facilities to the partnered service provider to bolster what’s here in Broken Hill.”

He said that the search for a lead service provider was ongoing and that Algate House employees and clients would be notified once a decision is made.

“This was announced to me, the employees, parents and clients all at the same time,” he said.

“When they shortlist, they’re going to speak to different providers and from that point forward is when we’ll be notified.

“So we don’t know who’ll be the new provider. The Salvation Army would like someone with similar values and mission to put the client first. 

“But they want to get the information out there that they’re not running away and leaving services high and dry.”

Mr Dowling said he’ll be negotiating to keep the current employees at Algate House within the service. 

“With Broken Hill being the size it is, there’s only so many people that have the qualifications and the skills to work in the field,” he said.

“It’s not like cities where you can fire a workforce and start again.

“So, we’ll be negotiating to keep the employees that we currently have. But I’m dedicated to making sure these guys transition to another provider.”

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