Newly Elected Mayor of Monash visits TASCS Australia’s Office
January 30, 2017
On Tuesday 24th January 2017, TASCS Australia was honoured to welcome a visit by Monash City’s recently elected mayor, Cr Rebecca Paterson. Mayor Paterson was accompanied by Mr Peter Panagakos who is the Director of City Development, in order to touch base and familiarise themselves with the work and progress of TASCS Australia’s service to the community.
The meeting began with the Society extending its heartfelt congratulations to Cr Paterson on her election as mayor of Monash in November 2016. As a gesture of goodwill, the Society offered a congratulatory gift to Cr Paterson, who was slightly overwhelmed and humbled.
Cr Paterson and Mr Panagakos then began by enquiring about the Society’s ongoing work and the chronic nature of thalassaemias, so as to gain an appreciation and an understanding of the difficulties patients live with, the importance to the wider community and how the city council can work with the Society.
The discussion began to examine:
How relationships with other health support/advocacy networks can be cultivated.
Securing new sources of funding.
How TASCS Australia can apply for or participate in, community developments and grant programs that Monash city offers.
The development of more eco-friendly and sustainable work environments.
Advocacy projects for patients.
The possibility of upgrading office premises or relocating to a new office premise.
Monash city council’s advocacy for the Society’s ongoing work with federal and state authorities.
Much more was discussed, but the dialogue proceeded to examine the current arrangements and facilities of TASCS Australia’s offices, to ensure if there is anything the council could offer, or for TASCS Australia to raise any particular concerns regarding the building. All in all, it was agreed to raise the matters that were discussed at the next series of council meetings and to the various council departments. And that the mayor and council representatives should and will meet with TASCS Australia once again at a mutually convenient opportunity in the very near future, so as to follow things up promptly. The Society thanked the mayor and Mr Panagakos for their time and advice, and expressed its desire to see them again soon.