25 March 2019
| News

Nexus-Together helps families access essential hearing service

The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) project has helped a wide range of community members from the Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley regions since construction works commenced in 2016.

Those who live in these regions have a keen sense of community spirit, work as a team and support those in need. Nexus is proud to have worked with these community values through its Nexus Together community giving program, while building the long-awaited TSRC.

For Hear and Say Darling Downs, receiving a fund through Nexus Together community giving program has meant more people in the local community are aware of the important not-for-profit organisation.

“We have been delivering services for families impacted by hearing loss in the Darling Downs for almost 20 years,” Hear and Say CEO Chris McCarthy said.

“The new Hear and Say Darling Downs Centre, located on Ruthven Street Toowoomba, opened its doors in late 2017, providing programs and information for children who are deaf or hard of hearing across Toowoomba and the Darling Downs regions.

“Specifically, the funding received from Nexus supported Hear and Say to remove outdated Hear and Say signage, install new external and free-standing signage and also contributed towards kitchen facilities for visitors and staff.”

Mr McCarthy said more children, families and young adults are turning to the centre than ever before.

“It can take up to six years to teach a profoundly deaf child to listen, to process language, and to speak using the latest technology and an Auditory-Verbal Therapy approach. It is therefore, vital that our services remain accessible for children to be ready for mainstream schooling,” Mr McCarthy said.

“Thanks to Nexus, local residents impacted by hearing loss or needing allied health expertise will know that Hear and Say is open for business and can help teach their deaf child to hear, listen and speak, so they can achieve the most optimal outcomes in life.”

With one in four Australians predicted to be living with a hearing loss by 2050, Hear and Say services grow even more critical to all levels of the community.

Nexus Delivery Project Director Mike Millar said Nexus is honoured to have played a part in assisting the local community be aware of and access this essential service.

“Knowing that we have made a positive impact on the lives of the local community as we build the TSRC is important to us and we are proud to deliver a lasting legacy to help the region for many years to come,” Mr Millar said.

For more information on the Nexus Together sponsorship program and other successful initiatives, visit