Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

Re­gard­ing your story, “KAP ar­ranges for mow­ing ser­vice to power up again”: Goobidi Bamanga CACs Ltd has pro­vided a pro­fes­sional mow­ing ser­vice un­der the Com­mu­nity Home Sup­port Pro­gram (CHSP) and Com­mu­nity Care pro­gram, in the Dou­glas Shire for many years.

El­i­gi­ble as­sessed el­derly clients or clients with a dis­abil­ity can re­ceive a free or heav­ily sub­sided mow­ing ser­vice through­out the year.

The ser­vice has been in­valu­able to most of our clients in the re­gion and we take pride in be­ing able to as­sist our clients to stay at home as op­posed to mov­ing into per­ma­nent care.

In­ter­ested par­ties can re­ceive a free as­sess­ment by an Aged Care As­sess­ment Team on(07) 4084 1200 or by phon­ing Com­mu­nity Care on 13 74 68. Our Com­mu­nity Care ser­vices will be tran­si­tion­ing to the NDIS in com­ing years. Di­rect en­quires can be made to our Home Care Of­fice on 07 4098 3030.

Goobidi Bamanga CACS Ltd

in-kind sup­port to ac­tiv­i­ties. I would like how­ever to clar­ify a cou­ple of points in the Gazette’s 24 Au­gust ar­ti­cle. While Council charged a $4000 bond for the event, re­quired as se­cu­rity against any dam­age to the venue, this is fully re­fund­able upon the field be­ing re­turned to the same con­di­tion as prior to the event. Charg­ing a bond is stan­dard prac­tice for events as­sessed as high risk, re­gard­less of whether they are run by a com­mer­cial or not for profit en­tity. This event had 1200 in at­ten­dance, with en­try fees of $15 per adult and $5 for pen­sion­ers and school stu­dents and Council charged the Not for Profit hire fee of $62.40, in­clud­ing lights. Council’s as­sis­tance also ex­tended to pre­par­ing the venue by wa­ter­ing, mow­ing and dis­pos­ing of waste gen­er­ated by the event at no cost to the event or­gan­is­ers.

Council also sup­ports lo­cal Not for Profit or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mer­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions through our an­nual grants pro­gram which opens on Mon­day, 4 Septem­ber, 2017. Guide­lines and ap­pli­ca­tion forms will be avail­able on-line at https://dou­ com­mu­nity/com­mu­nity-grants/.

Yes, ap­ply­ing for grants can be a lit­tle daunt­ing how­ever we try to as­sist ap­pli­cants present their best pos­si­ble ap­pli­ca­tions for projects which best use rate payer funds for projects which ben­e­fit our com­mu­ni­ties.

We en­cour­age po­ten­tial ap­pli­cants to at­tend the in­for­ma­tion ses­sion at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 5 Septem­ber, at Council’s Mossman Ad­min­is­tra­tion Of­fice.

Thank you.

Mayor Julia Leu

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