Win over red tape
MOSSMAN’S Meals on Wheels has scored a well- deserved win over bureaucratic red tape which could benefit the needy around Australia.
The MOW was in danger of closing down due to the extra reporting workload which would have turned volunteers away, according to manager Steve Macrae.
“We have been extremely unhappy with the new arrangements for reporting to and receiving funding from the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHaA),” Mr Macrae said.
“We have refused to sign the new funding agreement because of the excessive amount of unnecessary paperwork and the fact that they would be underpaying us for our meals.”
Negotiations, which have been going on for many months, culminated last Friday in a phone conference with the state manager of DoHaA, Liz Cain, to sort out the impasse once and for all.
“The Department recognised the essential value of the service and have agreed to modify the funding agreement to satisfy all of our requirements - it has been a win-win result,” Mr Macrae said.
“The Department has recognised that other Meals on Wheels services may have similar issues and will be conducting ongoing reviews to improve the ability of Meals on Wheels throughout Australia to get on with the job they volunteered to do without the bureaucracy getting in the way.
“We trust that this is a sign the Government is realising that where we volunteer to do the job, they are paid to make that job easier, not harder.
“It is our hope that what we have done will empower other volunteer community service organisations to reject the bureaucracy’s everincreasing and insatiable appetite for paperwork which is stopping those organisations from effectively doing the essential services they volunteered to do.”
But even with this win, Mr Macrae said that his organisation still needs volunteers.
“Common sense has finally prevailed and the bureaucracy has finally been lifted off our backs and so volunteering for Meals on Wheels has never been easier,” Mr Macrae said.
If you can spare a couple of hours a week and help this worthy organisation then call 4098 1105 to get your name on the roster.