28 March, 2024

Answers sought on Tasty Plate closure

THE recent closure of Brophy Family and Youth Service’s ‘Tasty Plate’ has again surfaced in discussions in Parliament House.

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell and Member for Western Victoria Bev McArthur used their time in parliament last week to pressure the state government for answers over the ‘sudden closure.’

“The Minister for Disability is refusing to comment or respond to people’s concerns regarding the closure of Tasty Plate,” Ms Britnell said.

“The government has also failed to address its refusal to accept an offer of a pro-bono review by KordaMentha.”

Addressing the Speaker of the House last week, Ms Britnell expressed her concerns that previous questions regarding the closure have yet to be answered.

“My office is regularly receiving correspondence from locals about Tasty Plate and they deserve to have the Minister respond to their concerns.

“Tasty Plate is a much-loved community asset, and for the Minister to dodge and deflect questions from constituents is appalling.”

Mrs McArthur questioned the Minister for Disability directly.

“Brophy Family and Youth Services must have been aware of the alleged unviability of the service for some time,” she said.

“Do you support the generous offer of a pro-bono review by KordaMentha of Tasty Plate’s viability, to determine whether this much-loved community organisation has an ongoing future, either with or without Brophy Family and Youth Services in charge?”

According to Mrs McArthur, her questions were not answered in parliament.

“This closure has destroyed a beloved local organisation that provided a first-class service, as well as job opportunities and workplace training for those who might find it hard to get positions elsewhere.”


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