Toy Li­brary’s valu­able role

Coun­cil do­nates $10,000

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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

How­ever, the coun­cil ad­vises the group that th­ese chal­leng­ing eco­nomic times are 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 spokes­woman Judy Peters said the Dis­abil­ity Re­source Cen­tre had un­der­taken a valu­able role across the re­gion since it com­menced in 1986 as a com­mu­ni­ty­fo­cused 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.

The group has 2500 spe­cialised pieces of equip­ment and is the only fa­cil­ity in the re­gion to of­fer the ser­vice.

Cr Peters said the group was seek­ing coun­cil sup­port to in­crease ser­vice de­liv­ery through­out the re­gional 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,” Cr Peters said.

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

Cr Peters urged those who could use the ser­vice to pro­vide sup­port by be­com­ing mem­bers of the Bund­aberg Dis­abil­ity Re­source Cen­tre.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET

SMIL­ING CROC: This Crocodile Xy­lo­phone is just one of a huge va­ri­ety of toys avail­able at the Bund­aberg Toy Li­brary.

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