MASARG ready for cash in Federal Budget

THE Mount Alexander Shire Respite and Accommodation Group is eagerly awaiting this month's Federal Budget.

The group is earmarked to receive $300,000 towards construction of its respite/community house at McKenzie Hill in Castlemaine, as per a pre-election promise.

MASARG president Steve Streeter said the group had been busy filling out all the relevant paper work.

"We're hoping that they'll come good with their promise of $300,000," he said.

"They released three or four things they were going to fund so we've working with the government with our application for the funding.

"It's been a very busy time."

Earth works have been completed at the site and the group has raised about $900,000 to go towards the $1.2 million project.

"So that $300,000 will make up a much-needed balance of the funds," Mr Streeter said.

"If the Liberal Party say they're going to pay us the money we can virtually sign a building contract, almost straight away.

"We would hope to have the property well and truly underway before the end of this year."

The facility will accommodate people with a disability and will be accessible seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.

"It will be a massive change for the carers giving them a chance to have a break," Mr Streeter said.

Donations can be made via PO Box 466, Castlemaine, Vic. 3450.

People can also make a donation or find out more about the project by visiting www.masarg.org/

AT WORK: The Mount Alexander Shire Respite and Accommodation Group site. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

AT WORK: The Mount Alexander Shire Respite and Accommodation Group site. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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