Dynamic duo give plenty to community
THE term “dynamic duo” can justifiably be applied to Mandy Stone and Tanya Morris, who together with Jo, Megan, Skye, Deb and a small band of volunteers run the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre.
Mandy and Tanya run and keep open for business this muchfrequented support base for so many residents of Port Douglas.
Co-ordinator and counsellor Mandy has been toiling away valiantly for many years, obtaining funding and delegating responsibilities so that the many services are available to the public.
These services include the iconic Nik Nak shed, counselling for anyone needing a sympathetic ear, an Alcoholics Anonymous venue, access to Centrelink via phone and fax, a Medicare free phone and lodgement of claims facility, an interest-free loan scheme, playgroup for toddlers and their mums, a new parents group and a meeting venue for the Pink in the Tropics breast cancer support group.
The Neighbourhood Centre also offers a women’s health outreach service and a women’s legal aid service and is the venue for the local parole office. A new internet broadband kiosk for seniors will be officially launched at the Neighbourhood Centre’s 21st birthday celebrations this Saturday.
As Saturday is the federal election, you can cast your vote at the Community Centre across the road and then join the birthday celebrations and enjoy a delicious sausage sizzle.