Low key ?blitz? gets job done

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

DARIN Dittman admits there's no Jamie Durie in the Gladstone Rotary Club's regular "backyard blitz" projects, but they get the job done.

Each fortnight a small team of helpers from the club mow, whippersnip, prune and clean up someone's back yard as a community service.

The Basic Garden Home Maintenance program may not have a name as streamlined and slick as 'Backyard Blitz' "but the jobs we do are just as important to the people we help'', Mr Dittman said.

He said the program, an initiative of the club, Gladstone City Council and Central Queensland Volunteering, did not have the resources of the television team.

"There's no bells and whistles, we just want to make the client's environment more livable.''

Rotary community services director Graham Lindner said before the team went out on a job, council made sure all clients met specific criteria for eligibility to receive assistance.

He said the program helped older people, people with a disability and others who had little money or resources or immediate family to have gardening or home maintenance done at their homes.

He said since it began in June 2005, the team had performed more than 225 hours of voluntary service work.

The program assists frail, aged at risk people, people with a disability, those temporarily incapacitated or those who have been assessed as being disadvantaged.

To be eligible people must be receiving a Commonwealth pension or benefit and be unable to get any other form of help from agencies, family or friends.



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