REFURBISHED: The Monto Neighbourhood Centre has been revamped for wheelchair access.
REFURBISHED: The Monto Neighbourhood Centre has been revamped for wheelchair access. Jack Lawrie

Care hub relaunched with better access for scooters

MONTO Neighbourhood Centre has introduced a mobility ramp and a centralised computer service to help locals in need of care.

The centre is a hub for youth and aged care in the region, providing access to services such as Centrelink, Medicare, meals delivery, Blue Care and more.

A special morning tea/barbecue was held at the centre last Thursday to celebrate Carers Week.

It was an opportunity to show off the refurbished building and give carers the opportunity to take some time off and relax.

Carers Queensland Team Leader Cheryl Nash said the work of unpaid carers in Australia was undervalued.

"Each week, unpaid carers will spend 36 million hours caring for family members and friends, and that is just one week valued at a staggering $1.1 billion,” Mrs Nash said.

"Over the course of a year, unpaid carers' efforts have been valued at $60.3 billion.”

At the event in Monto, the goal of the day was to give carers a break and show off the newly refurbished centre.

The Monto Neighbourhood Centre has undergone major restructuring since late 2015.

Previously, the centre was operated by Monto Community Development Council which has since been dissolved.

Currently it is managed by Excelcare.

Neighbourhood Centre Co-ordinator Kirsti Rowe said the event was more for the benefit of the wider community than regular clients.

"We have a lot of clients who access our services on a regular basis, but it was really an opportunity to invite the community to see the centre post-refurb,” Ms Rowe said.

"The majority of the refurbishments was to cater for mobility scooters, so we've widened it and made it more open.”

Carers Queensland Wide Bay hosts a Carers Support Group in Monto on the third Thursday of every month at 10am at the Duck Inn.

Meetings will start in February.


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