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Liverpool council inspectors warn charities caring for elderly disabled Australians

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Bureaucrats are making life terribly difficult for a charity that cares for elderly disabled Australians.

“They stopped us from fundraising and told us we had to close our charitable doors if we continued to operate, as we had done for 40 years,” Buffy MacDonald said.

She is patron of the Young Adults Disabled Association (YADA), a small charity in Liverpool, south-west Sydney.

Young Adults Disabled Association (YADA) is a small charity in Liverpool, south-west Sydney. (A current affair)

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“We’ve been selling from an Op Shop at our headquarters for four decades and raising money to pay for day trips, vacations, and craft and activity days for dozens of disabled seniors in the area. “

But recently Liverpool council inspectors sent the charity a notice to appear in court with the threat of a $5million fine if they failed to comply.

“Suddenly, after 40 years of operation, the council decided that we could not run our store in a residential area and so we were forced to close it and we are not making any money.

Buffy McDonald. (A current affair)

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“So it’s likely we’ll be forced to shut down the charity,” MacDonald said.

“I’m going to be devastated,” said Julie, who has been coming to the center and traveling with the charity for 25 years.

“I have all my friends here. It’s so unfair.”

Recently, Liverpool Council inspectors sent the charity a notice to appear in court. (A current affair)

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She is not alone.

“I’m so overwhelmed,” Debbie said.

Lizzie doesn’t want to think about it.

“It makes me sad,” Lizzie said.

The Op Shop at YADA headquarters. (A current affair)

Mayor of Liverpool Council Ned Manoon said it is not the councilors who are at fault here, but the bureaucrats behind the scenes who are sticking to the rules.

“It’s madness and we councilors don’t have the power to overrule their decisions,” Manoon said.

In the absence of money, the days of the association are numbered.

The Mayor of Liverpool Council, Ned Manoon. (A current affair)

“We’re the only ones who take these people on weekends and on vacations,” MacDonald said.

“I cry when I think about the future for them.”

With no income and having to hire lawyers to fight the council, the association created a GoFundMe page.

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