| March 17, 2017

Damian Drum unveils funding for Opening Doors Project in Echuca

Federal Member for Murray, Damian Drum MP, says the Coalition Government is providing $350,000 to Community Living & Respite Services (CLRS) in Echuca for its Opening Doors Project.

The CLRS Opening Doors Project will provide accommodation to those with a disability in a dedicated new facility on 64 Eyre Street in Echuca.

‘There are three key components to the new Opening Doors Project site,’ Mr Drum said. ‘Firstly the site will provide a home for four individuals with a separate sleep-over room for staff.’

‘Secondly, two independent living units will be built at the rear of the facility. These units will be utilised by individuals who can live more independently and don’t require around-the-clock care.’

‘The third component is an alfresco room, which can be used as a meeting place for visits with family.’

Construction on the Project began last month, with the facility expected to be completed by July 2017.

Mr Drum says the Project will ultimately support 6 individuals.

‘The Opening Doors Project is a fantastic example of a community organisation thinking ‘outside the square’ to help those with a disability,’ he said. ‘CLRS engaged a Project Officer to help develop innovative housing solutions for people with a disability. This Project is the result of that process.’ 

CLRS has been holding a range of fundraising activities to raise the remaining money required to complete the Project, which has a total price tag of $1.1 million.

‘I would like to acknowledge the CLRS staff and their fundraising efforts,’ Mr Drum said. ‘The CLRS fundraising events have raised $310,000 so far. This is projected to increase to $360,000 with the Johnno’s Run team participating in Run Melbourne this year.’

Mr Drum says the Echuca Moama community has traditionally been very support of CLRS.

‘The community has been instrumental in helping CLRS over the years,’ he said. ‘The CLRS Annual Fundraising Dinner usually attracts over 280 guests and raises at least $70,000. Fundraising efforts have led to CLRS being able to fully fund 3 residential accommodation projects since 2007.’

The Federal Government funding was awarded under the NDIS Sector Development Fund for the Specialised Disability Accommodation Initiative.

Fast facts

  • The Coalition Government has provided $350,000 to CLRS Echuca for the Opening Doors Project
  • The total price tag of the Project is $1.1 million
  • It will be built at 64 Eyre Street in Echuca
  • In 2015, CLRS purchased land on Eyre Street close to public transport links and community amenities for the Opening Doors Project 

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