Toy Library’s valuable role
Council donates $10,000
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.
SMILING CROC: This Crocodile Xylophone is just one of a huge variety of toys available at the Bundaberg Toy Library.