Floodwater wipes out premises
A DISABILITY support organisation is being run from the boot of a car after floodwaters wiped out its local headquarters last week.
The Fraser Coast office of People with Disability Australia (PWD), based at the Mary River Marina in Maryborough, was hit hard by the recent flood, losing its premises and valuable office equipment.
PWD, a not-for-profit disability rights and advocacy group, provides assistance to more than 100 clients on the Fraser Coast.
Alan Grimsley, the organisation's local manager, said two telephone systems as well as $25,000 of locally printed material were ruined.
The flood took with it the organisation's telephone typewriter – a specialist phone system used by the deaf.
All office furniture was also lost.
Mr Grimsley said he was now desperately searching for premises with wheelchair access, bathroom facilities for the disabled and off-street parking.
In the meantime the service is being run out of the back of his car “by laptop and mobile phone”.
Currently dealing with 25 individual cases, Mr Grimsley is hopeful the organisation can be re-established quickly and continue to assist those in need.
He said the marina headquarters had been perfect as it provided wheelchair access and toilet facilities for the disabled.
“Our clients loved visiting the marina,” Mr Grimsley said.
“They had trouble-free parking and enjoyed being by the water.
“And they loved visiting the cafe, staff there was so good to us.”
People with Disability Australia provides assistance to clients who may be suffering from abuse, discrimination or legal problems.
The organisation also helps with simple day-to-day tasks such as making telephone calls, attending meetings and writing letters or emails.
The non-government organisation is accepting donations of cash and office furniture.
Mr Grimsley can be contacted on 0417 451 714 and PWD's phone number is 1800 422 015.