‘A very, very sad day’: Dragonfly wellness centers closed due to ‘disasters’
The closure of a popular wellness center in Victoria is a devastating blow to many residents, who say the centre was never meant to operate as a business.
Key points:The Melbourne City Council voted unanimously to close the Dragonfly Centre in May after receiving reports of an explosion at its Melbourne headquartersThe centre had more than 200 employees and was run by a charity group, which is now closedDragonfly owner, James Stroud, has said the centre’s closure was due to an explosionThe centre has been operating in Victoria since 2011.
It closed on May 31 after a series of incidents in recent months, including an explosion on May 25 which killed a worker.
“It’s very sad and devastating,” Dr Steven Ralston, a Melbourne City Councillor, told the ABC.
“I’ve been a part of this community for 40 years, and I have worked with this community all my life, I’ve worked with all the staff, I have a relationship with all of the residents.
I am saddened.”
Dr Ralstons health department has said a number of safety and security measures have been put in place to ensure safety of staff and residents at the centre.
“The centre was an integral part of the Victoria Hospital and has been a very, well known and successful business for over 40 years,” a spokesperson for the department said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, the circumstances of this morning’s incident have resulted in the closure of the centre.”
The closure comes less than two weeks after the Melbourne City Government announced it was shutting down the Dragonflights wellness center.
The centre’s website said the company was “not affiliated with any of the businesses mentioned in the announcement”.
“As a result, we have had to shut down Dragonfly centers in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, New Zealand and New Zealand,” it said.
“Due to the closure, Dragonfly is not operating as a full-time or part-time business.”
The centres closure comes after an explosion in May, which killed two employees.
Dr Ralson said he was initially reluctant to open the centre again, because it was not meant to be a business, but after hearing that it was shut down, he decided to reopen it.
“People were quite surprised when I told them what had happened.
I had no idea what to expect,” he said.
Dr Stroud has previously said that he had hoped the centre would remain open as long as he could.
“We did have a plan in place.
We had a plan for this to last a long time,” he told ABC News.”
When it did happen, I knew we had to close it, because we were not going to be able to operate at the pace that we wanted.”
Dr Strowns office in Melbourne has since been completely demolished.
The Dragonflair centre’s doors were opened on May 29.
“To have a tragedy happen to a place that was so integral to our community and our culture, and to close a facility like that, it really is a very sad outcome,” Dr Ralstone said.