Voluntary Administration - Moonya Community Services Inc.
At the time of appointment of the Administrators, the organisation provided day services for 59 clients and employment for 27 disabled staff. With debts nearing $1 million and over 20 care and administration staff, the key risk for the community was the loss of a valuable local service and potential unemployment for the staff and supported employees.
Moonya’s clients would have been severely impacted if the doors were closed permanently and there was significant stress on the clients and their families who would be forced to travel long distances to access services of a similar nature.
Pitcher Partners worked closely with the federal and state governments to find a long-term sustainable solution and navigated many tension-filled meetings with government representatives, employees, financiers, creditors, union representatives and previous management as well as managing the expectations of the clients and their parents and carers.
Over a two-month period, Pitcher Partners was able to maintain ongoing operations and successfully negotiated for the assets and operations to be sold to a respected and accredited similar service provider.
Connecting Skills Australia, a major Victorian not-for-profit organisation, took over the assets and operations of Moonya, retaining the Moonya name and maintaining the presence of this valuable community service provider in Wonthaggi.
In addition to the provision of the ongoing services, continued employment was secured for all the Australian Disability Enterprise staff at Moonya as well as the majority of the care and administration staff.