Mungindi Aged and Disability Services Team Leader Kate Imeson, left, and Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall discuss the coming upgrades to the important community building.
Friday, 15 January 2021
A POPULAR hang-out for Mungindi’s seniors and individuals living with a disability will undergo a significant makeover this year, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing a $45,000 State Government grant to refurbish the Moree Aged and Disability Service building in town.
Mr Marshall said Moree Care acquired the house in 2009 and, aside from the addition of a new room, there had been little work done to improve the facility.
“The buikding on St George Street is a real hub for seniors in Mungindi, offering day centre activities and social outings as well as specialised assistance like Meals on Wheels and social support,” Mr Marshall said.
“This grant will deliver the building a much-needed freshen up, repainting it inside and out and installing new cabinetry and internal blinds.
“Outside, the roof guttering will be replaced and underfloor piers relevelled, before an improved outdoor area is established with concrete slab, awning and landscaping.
“There are two staff members who work at Mungindi and these improvements will ensure their workspace is safe, comfortable and functional.
“These improvements will allow the building to be utilised for multiple community purposes and the overall impression of the building also contributes to the streetscape.
“I expect these works enhance Moree Care’s ability to deliver important outreach services to the people of Mungindi.”
In 2015, Moree Care received a $24,000 State Government grant to extend the building.
Moree Care Executive Officer Michelle Harrison said the refurbishment would contribute positively to the social fabric of Mungindi.
“For the first time in more than a decade Moree Care has the capacity to refurbish our Mungindi building to ensure it continues to meet the needs and expectations of users,” Ms Harrison said.
“At Mungindi, we have 38 community transport clients and 25 aged care clients who receive multiple services including domestic assistance, Meals on Wheels, group or individual social support.
“From time to time the building hosts events with a broader clientele such as craft workshops and Tai Chi classes and we hope by undertaking this work, we might encourage more people to engage with the service.
“A local Mungindi builder will undertake the project, which we hope will start by in the middle of this year and be complete by December 2021.
“Overall, this project will give a positive impression that our organisation is delivering high quality services to the community. We thank Adam for his support.”