RECOVERY FUNDING FOR LISMORE DISABILITY SERVICE PROVIDERS
Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams, today announced funding of $20,000 each for Lismore-based disability providers REDinc. and Multitask to assist with repairing flood damages to their properties.
Both service providers are currently working out of alternative premises due to their offices undergoing substantial work.
“The floods have caused an incredible amount of heartbreak and devastation in the North Coast. Rest assured, our government will be here to support the community every step of the way,” Mr Williams said.
“Thank you to local disability service providers for pulling through and ensuring some of the most vulnerable members of the community continue to have access to services.”
Local member for Lismore, Thomas George, joined the Minister in delivering the funding.
“Our community has shown great strength during a difficult time and we will continue to support each other during this period. To the staff at REDinc. and Multitask your work is recognised and will continue to be as people with disability in our community transfer to the NDIS on the 1 July,” Mr George said.
CEO of REDinc, Marie Gale, said that the funding from the NSW Government would go a long way in helping the organisation get back on its feet after being devastated by the recent flood.
“This support will enable us to come back more even colourful and vital than before!"
“REDinc. is in a uniquely challenging situation, timing-wise, slowly recovering from the recent natural disaster whilst facing the transition to the NDIS. This funding will be more critical than usual; helping us to regroup well and be in a good position to both recover and welcome the changes,” said Ms Gale.
CEO of Multitask, Jody Cheetham, also thanked Minister Williams for the support which will assist them with recovering the organisation.
“This will help purchase essential items lost in the flood to enable us to provide services to people with disability in our area,”
Alongside recovery grants announced for small businesses, non-profits and farmers, the NSW Government opened 10 evacuation centres during the floods and worked alongside more than 200 volunteers to keep the centres in Banora, Bilambil, Kingscliff, Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby, Ocean Shores, Lismore and Ballina running.