CLRS cel­e­brates healthy fi­nan­cial po­si­tion at AGM

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS - By Ivy Wise Dorothy

COM­MU­NITY Liv­ing and Respite Ser­vices (CLRS) has recorded an 11.5 per cent in­crease in rev­enue from op­er­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in the past fi­nan­cial year.

Dur­ing its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing last week, CLRS also recorded a 9.3 per cent in­crease in over­all ex­pen­di­ture; mainly re­flected in salaries and on­costs.

‘‘Our aim is to en­sure we con­tinue to de­liver high qual­ity, value for money ser­vices to our clients in an NDIS en­vi­ron­ment,’’ trea­surer Jim Cos­griff said.

Mr Cos­griff said rev­enue from op­er­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties re­mained strong at $9.1 mil­lion, com­pared to $8.1 mil­lion in 2016.

‘‘This in­cludes $210,000 of the $350,000 govern­ment grant for the Open­ing Doors Project and $274,519 from fundrais­ing and do­na­tions for the project,’’ he said.

‘‘We con­tinue to en­sure we have suf­fi­cient liq­uid funds avail­able to meet any on­go­ing com­mit­ments both day to day and for fu­ture ex­pan­sion projects such as the Open­ing Doors Project Moama and ex­pan­sions to Re­cy­cla­bil­ity.’’

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Suzanna Barry said CLRS had re­mained in a healthy fi­nan­cial po­si­tion, which was re­as­sur­ing in the NDIS en­vi­ron­ment.

Since in­tro­duc­ing the NDIS in Cam­paspe Shire in May, CLRS now has 209 clients with ac­tive NDIS plans.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Beth Kim­ball was pre­sented with the Cle­tus Gil­mour Fundrais­ing Award, es­tab­lished in mem­ory of Cle­tus who died in De­cem­ber 2015.

Beth be­came in­volved with CLRS in 2010 and has de­voted count­less hours to in­creas­ing CLRS’s pro­file and rais­ing funds for the Mi­nor Street and Open­ing Doors projects.

She was also a strong sup­porter of the Greek Lun­cheon and an ad­vo­cate for the es­tab­lish­ment of the Re­cy­cla­bil­ity Pro­gram.

Beth helped CLRS gain wide­spread com­mu­nity sup­port for the Mur­ray River Tea Rooms and has reg­u­larly vol­un­teered at CLRS events and fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties over the past seven years.

A life mem­ber­ship was also awarded to Ann Ben­nett and 20-year ser­vice awards pre­sented to Jan Mad­dick, Kay­lene Barker and Di Hu­ber.

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Peter and Fleur Gil­mour with the Cle­tus Gil­mour Award re­cip­i­ent Beth Kim­ball (cen­tre).

New life mem­ber Ann Ben­nett.

CLRS chief ex­ec­u­tive Suzanna Barry and pres­i­dent Bren­dan Ho­gan with CLRS staff mem­ber Di Hu­ber who was recog­nised for her 20 years of ser­vice.

Life mem­ber Fran Galvin with new life mem­ber Ann Ben­nett.

Peter Gil­mour and Bren­dan Ho­gan.

James McIn­tyre and CLRS board mem­ber Leanne Willis.

Guest speaker Mar­tyn Lawrence and CLRS staff mem­ber An­nie Mid­dle­ton.

CLRS patrons Noel and Maughan with Shan­non Johns.

CLRS staff Liz Rowsell and Amanda Kay.

CLRS fundrais­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber James McIn­tyre with Di Hu­ber.

Glen Rogers from Mur­ray River Tea Rooms, CLRS board mem­bers An­drew Cowin and Claire Good­man and guest speaker Mar­tyn Lawrence.

Beth and Rob Kim­ball.

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