News

Village people aid Biala

THANKS, THANKS, THANKS: Biala Support Services CEO Wendylee Playford (left) and staff member Deb Anderton (right) with Sanctuary Village residents’ representative, Grace Moloney, handing over a donation.
THANKS, THANKS, THANKS: Biala Support Services CEO Wendylee Playford (left) and staff member Deb Anderton (right) with Sanctuary Village residents’ representative, Grace Moloney, handing over a donation.

GRACE Moloney, from Lennox Head, took on the role of Mrs Santa Claus last Thursday.

She handed over a donation to Biala Support Services in Ballina of $2250 which was raised at the Sanctuary Village Christmas light-up in December last year, in which her husband, John, was Santa Claus.

CEO of Biala, Wendylee Playford, welcomed the donation and thanked the Sanctuary Village residents for their efforts in decorating their homes with lights, and taking collections for the support service for people with disabilities.

Mrs Playford also thanked the Lennox Head Lions Club members who manned the barbecue on December 22 and 24 during the light-up, and raised an extra $350 for Biala.

Biala Support Services was forced to introduce fees for parents of the students with disabilities at Biala Special School due to increasing operating costs.

While the community rallied behind Biala with donations after that was announced - and continues to do so - the school still faces an uncertain financial future.

Mrs Playford said the school wasn't sure how the State Government education cuts would affect funding for staff.

"We run on the smell of an oily rag," she said.

Nineteen students are enrolled to attend Biala Special School this year, with four prospective students. Government funding - State and Federal - is dependant on the number of enrolments.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Commercial fishers get extension, but it makes no difference

Ballina trawler harbour.

Deadline extended for NSW fishers buying back into the industry

Sex attacker slapped with strict supervision upon release

Violent sex offender's life after jail no walk in the park

Nationals will not stop Essential Energy job cuts

Essential Energy workers are facing forced redundancies within weeks, according to unions.

Nationals leader rules out blocking Essential Energy's 600 job cuts

Local Partners

Hacksaw Ridge wins big in first round of AACTA Awards

Luke Bracey and Andrew Garfield in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

THE major awards will be handed out on Wednesday night.

Paris Hilton fumes at clumsy partygoers

A reveller spilt their drink on Paris Hilton's DJ decks

Winnie Harlow isn't a role model

Winnie Harlow insists she isn't a role model.

Felicity Jones proud of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story role

Felicity Jones feels it is "important" for a woman to head Rogue One

Kiwi's plea to Ellen DeGeneres to save bakery after quake

Ellen... we need your magic.

Family had to be helicoptered out after powerful quake

Seacrest: Things are "going better" for Kim and Kanye

Ryan Seacrest says things are "going better now" for Kanye West

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!