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Central Queensland residents seeking respite care for family members with a disability have breathed a sigh of relief, with construction starting on a brand-new Endeavour Foundation respite service in Biloela.
Banana Shire Deputy Mayor Maureen Clancy, Councillor David Snell and Endeavour Foundation’s General Manager Disability Services Operations and Community Engagement, Gail Davidson, this morning conducted a traditional turning of the sod ceremony to mark the beginning of construction.
The $500,000 state-of-the-art respite service, constructed on land donated by Banana Shire Council, is due to open in March 2011.
It really is a community success, made possible by the dedication of the Biloela Respite Service Reference Committee.
Committee members Julie Watson, Jenny McLeod, Aileen Trace, Banana Shire Councillor David Snell and Endeavour Service Co-ordinators Sharron Allan and Tanya Hunter have worked tirelessly for the last five years to make the project a reality.
Significantly for the Biloela community local construction company Cavalier Homes will build the service, after successfully competing against some of the largest construction companies in the State for the contract.
Think Water – Callide Valley and Iplex Pipe Lines have generously provided a significant discount on material costs.
Gail Davidson said the new three-bedroom service on Valentine Plains Road would provide vitally needed services in the Dawson-Callide region, and already had eight clients.
“Centre-based respite provides the opportunity for families to take a break from their fulltime caring role,” said Gail.
“In the past residents had to leave Biloela and travel to Gladstone or Rockhampton for such services.
“The opening of this services means people know their family member with a disability is being supported here in town with 24-hour individualised support in a friendly environment with the same comforts found in their own home,” Gail said.
The purpose-built respite service will be fully wheelchair accessible and has a playground specially-designed for children with a disability.”
It will replace the town’s existing respite service, which is housed in rented premises on Raglan Street.
The launch of the respite is in conjunction with Disability Action Week – a state-wide campaign that aims to increase awareness about issues related to people with a disability and to support our communities to be a better place for everyone.
Local families seeking respite or other services for a family member with a disability should call Endeavour on 4992 3981 or visit the Respite & Holidays section of this website.
David Vogler, Media and Communications Manager
Phone: (07) 3908 7138, 0407 115 428
Fax: (07) 3253 7271