MP rescues seniors do



After a bureaucratic bungle threatened to overshadow the Tweed Shire's Seniors Week celebrations this year, more than $1500 has been raised to give our old folk the fun times they deserve.

Tweed MP Neville Newell came to the rescue of the local celebrations yesterday when he confirmed that the NSW government had approved a $1000 grant for local events.

On top of that, a charitable local couple also donated $500 to the Tweed Shire Senior Citizens Committee to ensure local celebrations would go ahead.

Late last week it had emerged that the NSW government had denied the senior's committee a $500 grant for a luncheon and had donated only $300 for local celebrations.

With so many senior citizens in the shire, this meant each person would only have two cents to celebrate with.

It also meant the senior's committee had to scale back plans for some events and ramp up their fundraising efforts.

Tweed Shire Council community worker Maggie Groff, who assists the committee, said the extra $1500 meant Seniors Week could finally be celebrated properly.

"We will be able to fund one of the luncheons that had been earmarked for the committee to fund, which will free up their time," she said.

"There could even be a few dollars left over that could be put towards the fund next year or could always be added to the events to make the week extra special."

She thanked the Daily News for bringing the funding bungle to the at- tention of Mr Newell, who did not know about it last week.

"It is the best result and really takes the pressure off the senior's committee."

Mr Newell said it was great that the committee had received twice what they had originally asked for, but warned people to speak up when applying for funding.

"It is important that any community group seeking grants should contact me immediately if they are having difficulties overcoming bureaucratic hurdles," he said.



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