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$70,000 for Minor St project

Community Living and Respite Services has welcomed $70,000 in funding for its Minor St Project.

REBECCA KERR August 26, 2014 3:05am

Community Living and Respite Services have received more than $70,000 for its Minor St project.The funding boost was made up of $28,773 from Campaspe Shire, $20,000 each from Moama RSL and Moama Bowling Club and $5000 from Rich River Golf Club Resort.At a meeting last Tuesday, Campaspe Shire approved funds to cover the cost of furnishing the assisted-living house and two independent living units.The funds were needed to help people with a disability to live independently and increase their skills and confidence in the community.The project was completed in May and CLRS has been working hard to fund the build.Chief executive Suzanna Barry said fundraising efforts had been fantastic and only $63,000 was outstanding following the latest donation.The Minor St project came with a $1 million price tag — which included $700,000 for the build and the balance for the land and associated costs.‘‘It’s been a really good boost,’’ Mrs Barry said.

‘‘The council funding will cover the furnishing and white goods purchased for the project. Yesterday was a really exciting day.’’

Mrs Barry said she was confident the target would be reached by February after CLRS hosted a major fundraising dinner and she was already considering what’s next.

‘‘We’re always asked what’s next and we make those decisions by listening to the people we support and their families. I’d like to do something similar in the future but for now the focus is on funding this project,’’ she said.

Rebecca Kerr

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