27/3/2019

$71,000 grant helps Sunshine Butterflies soar

A new “Family Central” facility for people with disabilities is a step closer to reality, after Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien delivered a $71,000 grant to Noosa’s Sunshine Butterflies.

“Sunshine Butterflies does immensely valuable work improving the lives of people with disabilities and their families, and this funding will help them create a one-stop shop to help people access a range of services and resources in one convenient location,” Mr O’Brien said.
 
“There’s always a lot of colour, movement and entertainment at Sunshine Butterflies.  Leanne Walsh and her team have done an amazing job in creating a bright, friendly and welcoming space that provides practical support to people with disability, and their families and carers.
 
The federal funding will contribute to a shed expansion at the Sunshine Butterflies Our Backyard learning, respite and recreational centre in Noosa, which will provide space for services including family counselling, social enterprise initiatives for job creation, and creative spaces for therapy in non-clinical setting.
 
“This funding will help Sunshine Butterflies continue its excellent work, promoting well-being, independence and inclusion for all people in the community,” Mr O’Brien said.
 
“I’m pleased the Coalition Government has been able to provide this funding and help Sunshine Butterflies increase membership and referrals to meet current and future demand, improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in Noosa.”
 
The funding will be delivered by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.

“The Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to supporting local communities to prosper and grow, and local infrastructure projects like this are critical if we want to boost economic growth and improve local amenities and facilities,” Mr O’Brien said.

In the 2018-19 Budget, the Liberal and Nationals Government committed to funding more than 100 new regional programs that create jobs, support economic growth and improve access to essential health, education and communications services.

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