THE good folk of Tewantin Uniting Church may say that God has moved in a most benevolent way with the help of the Sunshine Coast Council.
Local minister Rev Leonie Gaffel is delighted that the church can offer parishioners the use of a disabled toilet thanks to a $13,200 council grant.
"The church property includes a community hall which is used by many small, not-for-profit groups on a regular basis, and the construction of a disabled toilet will ensure that adequate facilities are provided for all users," a church spokesman said.
"On the adjacent site in Poinciana Ave, the Wesley Mission Brisbane (a branch of the Uniting Church) is about to open a high-care centre for the disabled, and this will provide a long-awaited facility for the younger disabled in our community.
"Plans and preliminary applications were generously provided by some young professionals, with additional funds provided from donations and fundraising efforts."
The spokesman said construction was undertaken by local builders Bain and Co, and while doing the work, they constructed an access ramp to the community hall at no cost. And a grant from the Queensland Government Community Benefit Fund has allowed the old toilets to be refurbished.
At a recent site inspection, Councillor Tony Wellington was delighted with the final outcome, especially as it was done in time for this Friday's Christmas lunch, which is made available at a minimal cost for all elderly citizens of Tewantin. Lunches are provided on a regular basis throughout the year.