A CAR park in a quiet Beaudesert back-street has been transformed into a space fit for outdoor discos, movie nights and twilight markets.
Rural Lifestyle Options Australia (RLOA), a local organisation catering to adults with a disability, has big plans for the car park outside its Jade Cottage Activity Centre after covering the space with shade sails.
RLOA carried out the project at its Davis Street activity centre through a $6563 grant from the federal government.
Service Manager Janette Sweedman welcomed the funding.
“From April, we will be hosting regular Friday evening events for our participants,” she said.
“With the addition of the shade sails we will now be able to utilise this space for events such as outdoor discos, movie nights and twilight markets.”
General Manager Business and Finance David Gordon said the shade sails significantly benefited everyone involved with RLOA.
“The shade sails are a great addition as our participants, families and carers are now exposed to significantly less heat when arriving and departing our Jade Cottage Activity Centre,” he said.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz congratulated the organisation on the project.
“I’m always blown away by the amazing work RLOA does in our community, and just so thankful for all they do to provide a great quality of life, social interaction and confidence for local adults living with a disability and to provide support for families,” he said.
“The simple addition of these shade sails will make a huge difference in terms of the variety of activities RLOA will be able to offer in our community, and I’m so pleased the federal government was able to help make it a reality through providing some funding.
“I wish RLOA all the very best as they branch out and use this space in a different way and I thank them for the wonderful work they do.”
Caption: Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz, RLOA staff Janette Sweedman, Shane Ferguson and Cherie Fletcher and RLOA clients Maddi Dusting-Williams and Kylie Yates celebrate the new shade sails.