AN EXTENSION of funding for seniors services in Tweed Shire until 2018 has been welcomed by the Tweed Shire Council.
The Federal Department of Social Services has confirmed $539,317 in funding from November 2015 to June 2018, through the new Commonwealth Home Support Program which was created as part of aged care reforms by the Australian Government.
A meeting of Council last week resolved to accept the funding which will be used for activities previously funded through the former Department of Home and Community Care program.
"The funding will allow us to continue a number of programs throughout Tweed Shire until 2018," Council's director Natural and Community Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.
"It includes funding for support staff until 2017, enabling us to build upon the positive work achieved so far through the Seniors Information Project Officer position."
Ms Stinson said the Banora Point Community Centre and its programs were shining examples of how the position had fostered seniors services in the Tweed.
"The centre is incredibly valuable in providing services to seniors and other members of the community," she said.