Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee has today announced a $380,000 funding boost from the Federal Government to help rebuild Bathurst’s Glenray Industries after a fire destroyed its facilities last year.
Mr Gee said the not-for-profit organisation has supported people with a disability in the Central West for more than 60 years.
“While the insurance money covered the cost of new equipment and work area, there wasn’t enough for office space to help run the laundry business. This funding will go towards constructing offices next to the laundry,” Mr Gee said.
“Glenray’s head office and commercial laundry being destroyed by fire in May last year was a huge blow to the community. However, in true community spirit they were up and running again within a matter of days after the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst allowed Glenray’s commercial laundry business to operate out of the former St Catherine’s nursing home.
“It’s been incredibly uplifting to see the community come together and support Glenray through this tragedy and I’m delighted that the Federal Government has chipped in funding for the rebuild.
“Glenray is a successful commercial laundry business that employs around 70 people with a disability. This funding will allow Glenray to continue providing meaningful employment opportunities for people with a disability in Bathurst.”
The funding has been granted under Temporary Viability Support, which Australian Disability Enterprises can apply for if they are facing short-term and unforeseen financial duress.