A special Expo which aimed to “fill in the gaps” in knowledge about what disability supports are available in the South Burnett was held at Kingaroy Showgrounds on Sunday morning.
The Disability and Mental Health Expo was organised by two local residents with a passion for helping people: Laurel Cohen and Tony Scrimshaw.
Tony was formerly with APM Kingaroy but has now set up his own business, Living Actively Disability Support Services, while Laurel is a parent of a child with a disability.
Laurel said she could see there was an information gap that needed to be filled just from her own experience.
“I didn’t know what services were available in the area, and the places I asked didn’t know everybody because there are a lot of independent services now,” she said.
Tony said the invitation to have a stall at the Expo was also extended to services from outside the region who could work with people in the South Burnett.
There were 25 stallholders booked in – ranging from the Rockin Our Abilities group from Murgon (who were providing live music) to the Suncoast Spinners wheelchair basketball group and Wunderdogs who offer “animal assisted activities”.
Laurel said the day had been fantastic but the success was due to the efforts of a lot of people.
Tony said he hoped the Expo would be the first of many.