Member for Dawson George Christensen and Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox.
Member for Dawson George Christensen and Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox. Bonanno, Lynnis (G. Christensen,

$12,000 safety boost for Proserpine respite service

A PROSERPINE respite service will be able to provide safer access for clients thanks to a $12,000 Liberal National Government grant under Round Three of the

Stronger Communities Program.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen was joined by the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan, as well as the Member for Whitsundays Jason Costigan at the centre on Wednesday for the announcement.

"The Whitsunday Leisure Activity Centre (formerly PATCH) wanted to replace their sliding doors with electric doors to provide safer access for their clients who are elderly or who have disabilities,” Mr Christensen said.

"People with wheelchairs, wheelie walkers or with other mobility issues will certainly benefit from having electric doors.

"The Whitsunday Leisure Activity Centre will receive $12, 440, or 50 per cent of the funding, for these electric doors.”

Minister Canavan said the Stronger Communities Program had provided a valuable avenue for funding for smaller not-for-profit groups.

"The Stronger Communities Program provides grants for capital projects for smaller groups who often cannot access funding under other streams,” Minister Canavan said.

Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan welcomed the announcement.

"This provides great social benefits to Proserpine's aging and disabled community,” Mr Costigan said.

"This service works hard to raise money by fundraising or through donations, so a contribution of more than $12,000 is a huge boost for them.”

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