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A major state-of-the-art centre to support people with a disability and their families and carers has been opened officially in Biloela today.
The $500,000 service has three resident bedrooms and a staff room, and will soon include a playground designed specifically for children with a disability.
Endeavour Foundation’s Biloela Respite Centre provides opportunities for families to re-connect with each other and with friends by providing somewhere to stay for people with a disability.
More than 50 families in the local area will benefit and the Centre will also provide respite for families in Rockhampton, Gladstone and Emerald.
The official opening is the culmination of more than five years’ tireless work and fundraising by many local people, most notably the Biloela Respite Service Reference Committee which consisted of Councillor David Snell, Aileen Trace, Julie Watson and Jenny McLeod.
Endeavour Foundation has enjoyed wonderful backing from the Banana Shire Council which donated the land on which the service has been built.
Endeavour Foundation CEO, David Barbagallo, says the respite centre will help to sustain the very important role carers play in supporting people with a disability.
“Biloela has needed this respite centre for years to save journeys to Rockhampton and Gladstone for local residents, and it’s here now as a result of a lot of hard work by many people within the community and thanks to fantastic support from the Banana Shire Council,” he said.
“The official opening of the Biloela Respite Centre bears testimony to the strength of community in the region.
“This project has received great backing and has changed the lives of many families.
“It’s a great way to mark Endeavour Foundation’s 60th anniversary but, more importantly, to provide a much-needed service to people with a disability and their families in the area.”