KAP ar­ranges for mow­ing ser­vice to power up again

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

A NEW pro­gram to pro­vide lawn mow­ing and gar­den­ing ser­vices in Dou­glas Shire will launch soon.

It will be avail­able to peo­ple ben­e­fit­ting from Home As­sist ser­vices.

Kat­ter’s Aus­tralian Party’s Mem­ber for Dal­rym­ple, Shane Knuth MP, en­listed the as­sis­tance of the Hous­ing Min­is­ter, Mick de Brenni, on a re­cent visit to the Table­lands.

“We had a pi­lot pro­gram that ran in the Table­lands but the New­man govern­ment scrapped it,” Mr Knuth said, “and last year I fought to re­in­state it.”

Mr Knuth’s urg­ing re­sulted in the pi­lot pro­gram be­ing re­in­stated last year and last week the govern­ment agreed to ex­tend the pro­gram across the state.

“It might not seem like much, but to pen­sion­ers and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, it is ev­ery­thing,” he said.

Lawn mow­ing and gar­den­ing can be a strug­gle, ac­cord­ing to Mr Knuth but he said that “for many peo­ple, this help can be the dif­fer­ence of be­ing able to con­tinue liv­ing in their own home rather than go­ing into care”.

Ms Janet Goodall of Mossman said that the pro­gram “sounds idea”.

“We aren’t get­ting any younger and we of­ten have to rely on fam­ily and friends to like an ex­cel­lent get our lawns done,” Ms Goodall.

“With the pro­gram we can be a bit more in­de­pen­dent.”

Peo­ple who are eli­gi­ble for ser­vices through Home As­sist can ap­ply for lawn mow­ing and gar­den­ing vouchers and re­quests will be eval­u­ated on as­sessed needs.

Pic­ture: MOYA STEVENS

Janet Goodall of Mossman likes the idea of a mow­ing ser­vice

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