Disability service seeks $15,000

BORDER disability service the Murray Valley Centre has made a plea for financial help to better prepare for its future.

The centre yesterday put its case to Wodonga Council for $15,000 out of the council’s 2014-15 budget.

It had previously put in a submission on its needs, one of eight made during the draft budget process.

Earlier, the SS & A Club asked the council to partner it in saving the Wodonga golf course by allocating $600,000.

In his submission, Murray Valley Centre chief executive David Martin said the organisation was “conscious of the challenges ahead” with the introduction of the National Disability Scheme.

Mr Martin said with that came the potential impacts of individualised funding models on the centre.

“Staffing, succession planning, the future needs of our ageing consumers and ageing transport issues are all areas needing to be addressed to enable the centre to continue as a quality service provider in the local community,” he said.

Mr Martin said it was for these reasons that the centre wanted $15,000 from the council to develop strategic and marketing plans.

“This will allow us to build on the good work already being undertaken by the centre, as well as ensuring we can further strengthen the capacity of the organisation,” he said.

“It will enable us to position ourselves in a competitive market, continuing to provide valuable services to people with a disability.”

The centre opened in 1959 to provide day act-ivities for children with intellectual disabilities.