Shire aid grants total $30k
FUNDS handed out to more than a dozen community groups by Tweed Shire Council yesterday will help provide services from wheelchairs for the terminally ill to free admission to the annual Murwillumbah Show.
Tweed councillor Dot Holdom, standing in for Mayor Kevin Skinner, handed out more than $30,000 as part of the council’s annual donations.
Tweed Palliative Care spokeswoman Meredith Dennis, Tweed Shire’s 2006 citizen of the year, said an $1800 donation would provide wheelchairs, some of them likely to be used at a rural property to be used as a hospice.
“A local member of the community loaned us $1 million and we were able to purchase this property, which will be the first hospice in the Tweed,” Ms Dennis said.
She said the building would give many terminally ill patients the choice of whether to die in a hospital or more-pleasant surroundings.
“This money will go to wheelchairs,” she said.
Murwillumbah Show secretary Liz Chauvier said $7000 provided to the Tweed River Agricultural Society would go into a pool of funds from various sponsors, which allowed the society to offer free admission to the annual show.
“We are going into our 111th show this year and Tweed Shire Council is one of the gate sponsors who enable us to have a free show,” she said.
“There’s only two to three shows in the whole of Australia that are free,” she added, pointing out the policy allowed the children of financially stretched families to attend.
“We need cheques like this from Tweed Shire Council to keep on giving everyone a free show.”
Some of the council donations include:
Twin Towns Friends Association
Tweed Shire Women’s Service Inc
Northern Region Life Saver Rescue Helicopter
Tweed Palliative Support Inc