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Finley's disability development

American company Grafton Integrated Health Care has signalled an intention to expand its Australian operations into Finley.

January 29, 2014 4:19am

Chief executive officer of the disability services provider and training company, James Gaynor, yesterday told the Southern Riverina News he had been investigating the proposal for several months.

He said he had been in discussions with members of the Finley Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, and said a joint venture had been agreed upon.

‘‘This partnership will build on the work undertaken in the last 12 months by our Australian subsidiary, led by Grafton Australia chief executive Daryl Lang,’’ Mr Gaynor said.

‘‘Work to date in Australia has involved the provision of training, accreditation and licensing of Australian professionals in the Grafton methodologies.

‘‘The Finley project will lead to the provision of first class services and a town facility for people of the region with disabilities.

‘‘We are excited to be working with such a vibrant, ‘can do’ community in rural Australia.

‘‘This community resembles closely the community spirit we have seen in the US, that is so fundamental to any future success.

‘‘This pilot program, we hope, will be the first of a number in Australia. We are also looking at distance e-learning as a means of reaching many isolated homes in the outback.’’

Chamber member Ashley Haynes said the partnership was ‘‘exciting’’ and would provide benefits across the region.

‘‘It will be fantastic for families in need of a different service, and Grafton’s record is outstanding.

‘‘They are advanced in the services they provide and have had some fantastic results.

‘‘Representatives from the company were in Finley in December and will return to determine the needs of the community.

‘‘Grafton chose Finley because the community feel has appealed to them.’’

While the project is expected to create a significant number of jobs, the exact number is not yet clear.

Mr Haynes said he understood a Grafton employee had been appointed to the Finley project and would be based in the Southern Riverina.

Grafton is expected to build a new facility to suit its needs, at a location yet to be announced.

Representatives from the company, based in Winchester, Virginia, will be visiting Finley in late February to conduct a needs assessment and discuss facility requirements.

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