$1 million for innovative Toowoomba laundry

Media Release


07 December 2015

Joint release with:

Ian Macfarlane

Federal Member for Groom

A $1 million funding boost will see Toowoomba benefit through an innovative new service courtesy of the Vanguard Laundry—a facility that will provide employment opportunities for people with mental disabilities.

The project is being funded under the Australian Government's $350 million Community Development Grants Programme, which is delivering almost 300 community projects right across Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the facility will provide a range of services to the local community while improving social outcomes in the region.

“This facility will have the capacity to process up to 35 tonnes of laundry each week, whether that is dirty clothes from residents through to medical waste from local hospitals and aged care facilities,” Mr Truss said.

“The Australian Government remains committed to providing employment opportunities to all Australians and this facility will become an important employer for people with a mental disability with 30 jobs being created during the first year of operation.”

Federal Member for Groom Ian Macfarlane said the laundry will also deliver innovation through the way the facility was designed.

“This laundry will be the region's only full barrier wall system laundry. While other systems use a dividing line, this facility will install a wall to improve sterility at the facility,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“Importantly, the facility will also boast state-of-the-art equipment, reducing water usage significantly.

“With many regional Australian's suffering from mental illness, it is essential we provide a range of opportunities to ensure communities function as they should, and I am delighted to see funding approved for this important project.”

For more information on the Community Development Grants Programme visit www.investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/communitydevelopment/