BIG RELIEF: Dianna Howell, executive officer for Ballina District Community Services, and board president Nigel Perry at the ne
BIG RELIEF: Dianna Howell, executive officer for Ballina District Community Services, and board president Nigel Perry at the ne

Balllina carers welcome new respite centre

By MARY MANN

JEANETTE WESTON has spent most of her life caring for her blind father, her elderly mother and her disabled son.

So she knows just how valuable a night off can be.

A new respite centre officially opened in Ballina by retiring Federal Page MP Ian Causley last Friday will give Ms Weston just that.

"We are absolutely blessed to have this," she said at the opening.

"This is more than important. Half of us couldn't exist without a service like this.

"When you are a primary carer you've always got to be on the ball and it's exhausting. This is a wonderful thing for Ballina."

The newly-renovated respite centre at 87 Moon Street was funded through the Federal Government's National Respite for Carer's Program.

After lengthy consultation with a local indigenous community, the Ballina District Community Services Association has named its new premises Magind-ah, which means 'Senior's meeting place in Ballina'.

The aim of the centre is to give carers a short break.

To find out if you are eligible for the respite service, call the Overnight Community Respite co-ordinator on 6686 0561.



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