$10,000 donation for Toy Library, but support to be reviewed

THE important work of the Bundaberg Disability Resource Centre incorporating the Toy Library was endorsed by Bundaberg Regional Council at its ordinary meeting today with a donation of $10,000.

However, the council will advise the group that challenging economic times is forcing the council to undertake a review of the level of financial support it offers to community groups and organisations across the region.

The council's Community Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Judy Peters said the Disability Resource Centre had undertaken a valuable role across the region since it commenced in 1986 as a community focussed not-for-profit group.

Cr Peters said the group had limited resources and while some costs were covered through a Department of Education and Training grant the group's operational costs had to be met through donations.

"The organisation provides access to specialised equipment and developmentally appropriate toys for children with special needs.

"Currently the group has more than 2500 specialised pieces of equipment and is the only facility in the region that offers this service."

Cr Peters said the group was seeking council support to increase service delivery throughout the Bundaberg Regional Council area which included outlying communities.

"The group has been limited in the amount of public exposure it is able to undertake due to a restrictive financial situation.

"Council has been a regular supporter of the group but the demand for council support from many worthwhile community organisation is quite overwhelming and we do need to review our financial distributions.

Cr Peters said the Toy Library was a great initiative and she urged those who could use the service to provide support by becoming members of the Bundaberg Disability Resource Centre.
 



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